Taiwan sees record-breaking life expectancy of 80.9

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The average life expectancy in Taiwan rose to a record high of 80.9 years last year, reflecting an upward trend as the country moves toward a superaged society. The fig...

Taiwan flag to be lowered at schools, government agencies to honor Lee Teng-hui

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has ordered the nation's schools and government agencies to lower the national flag at half-staff for the next three days to expres...

Taiwan sees increase in ambulance use during first five months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — There has been an increase in ambulance use during the first five months of 2020, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Saturday (July 25)....

Taiwan could see negative population growth in 2020

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan could experience a population decline for the first time, as the nation has recorded more deaths than births in the first six months of the year, according to stati...

One-third of Taiwanese divorces take place within 5 years of marriage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A third of the 54,346 divorces recorded in Taiwan in 2019 took place within five years of marriage, setting a new decade high, reports said Saturday (July 11). Earlier ...

Taiwan postpones electronic ID card until 2021

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Interior (MOI) is postponing the introduction of electronic identity cards (eID) from October until the first half of 2021 due to the Wuhan coronavirus (CO...

Taipei sees increasing number of residents move out

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Nearly 19,000 people moved out of Taipei in the first five months of 2020, making it Taiwan's only municipality with a positive outmigration rate last year. Ministr...

Taiwan to host world's only Pride parade in June amid pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As business, sports, and entertainment events around the world are halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan on June 28 will host the only Pride parade in the world to t...

Hit hard by virus, fine dining finds new ways to serve

San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn was huddled with staff one day in mid-March when she learned that coronavirus restrictions would close the dining room at her celebrated restaurant, Atelier Crenn. I...

Taiwan offering up to NT$20,000 reward for info on foreigners who overstay visas

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Ministry of the Interior (MOI) is offering a maximum award of NT$20,000 (US$670) to those who provide tip-offs about foreigners who have overstayed their visa...

Hongkongers top real estate buyers in Taiwan amid Beijing crackdown

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hongkongers were the largest group of foreigners purchasing land and buildings in Taiwan last year as many seek to immigrate to the country amid Beijing's violent crac...

Age of women having first child on the rise: Taiwan MOI

Both the average age of first-time mothers and the proportion of first births to women aged 35 and above have significantly increased in just over a decade, figures from a recent report issued by the ...

Arrivals and departures in Taiwan plunge by 3 million during first quarter of 2020

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic tightened its grip on the world, the number of arrivals and departures in Taiwan fell by more than 3 million during the first ...

3,500 marriages mark Taiwan's same-sex marriage legalization

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — More than 3,500 gay couples have tied the knot in Taiwan since the island nation became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriages, in May 2019. According to the ...

Madame Chiang Kai-shek's National Women’s League is history

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After a near four-year tug of war, the National Women’s League (婦聯會), founded in 1950 by Soong Mei-ling (宋美齡), wife of Taiwan's former ruler Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石...