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Number of births, marriages soars in 2011: MOI

Number of births, marriages soars in 2011: MOI

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) The number of births and marriages in Taiwan was higher in 2011 than in recent years, a government official said Saturday, attributing the increase to cultural factors. A total of 196,627 babies were born last year, which represented a three-year high and a 17.82 percent increase from the previous year, according to Ministry of the Interior (MOI) statistics. The statistics showed a departure from the declining trend in the past decade. In 2008, the number of births in Taiwan fell to 198,733, from 305,312 in 2000, and by 2010 it was 166,886. This put Taiwan's birthrate at under 1 percent, among the lowest in the world. However, in the month of December last year, there were 18,703 babies born, which was the highest monthly number for the year. MOI officials attributed the monthly surge to a rush to have babies before the end of 2011, which was considered an auspicious year because it marked the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China. Meanwhile, the number of marriages in 2011 hit an eight-year high of 165,327 last year, increasing 19.1 percent from 138,819 in 2010, MOI statistics showed. The surge can be attributed to a rush to tie the knot during the auspicious year of 2011 and also a cultural tradition of getting married just before the Lunar New Year, which starts Jan. 23 this year, the MOI said. MOI officials expect the number of new births to continue to rise this year on the strength of new government measures such as a monthly subsidy for parents with children under age 2, tax deductions for households with preschool children, and a government-supervised system for the care and education of children aged 2-6. (By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-03-05 22:21 GMT+08:00