Taiwan - Statistics & Facts

The isle of Taiwan is located in the Pacific Ocean, 130 kilometers off the southeast coast of mainland China. Taiwan has a total population of around 23.6 million people, which is spread across a total land area of approximately 36,200 square kilometers. The population is still growing at a small pace, although the median age is rising rapidly and total population figures are forecasted to peak sometime around 2022.

Taiwan has a developed market economy. The gross national product (GNP) of Taiwan demonstrates that its economy has been growing slowly but steadily over the past decade, except in 2009 when the global financial crisis took place. Electronics, petroleum refining and chemicals are among major domestic industries. Taiwan also plays a significant role in the global semiconductor industry. Upon observing a sector breakdown of Taiwan’s gross domestic product (GDP), it becomes evident that it has successfully made the transition from a manufacturing-driven economy into an economy where around two thirds of domestic values generated originate in service activities.

Taiwan has a strong trading economy. Foreign trade has been the engine of Taiwan’s economic growth during the past few decades. In 2018, Taiwan had denoted a merchandise trade surplus of nearly 50 billion U.S. dollars. Among its main trade partners are mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States. Taiwan positions itself as a gateway to mainland China and Asia Pacific. Geographically, it finds itself between the world’s second largest economy, China, and the third largest, Japan.

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