Know these key facts on Taiwan
Taiwan is situated in Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, it is north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China.
Taiwan is slightly smaller than Maryland and Delaware combined and stretches over a total area of 35,980 sq km, which 32,260 sq km is land and 3,720 sq km is water. Taiwan has a total coastline of 1,566.3 km.
Taiwan has a tropical, marine climate. The rainy season during the southwest monsoon is from June to August. Cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year round.
Natural Resources and Hazards
Taiwan's main natural recourses are small deposits of coal, natural gas, limestone, marble and asbestos. Their only natural hazards are earthquakes and typhoons.
Population and Employment
Taiwan has a total population of 22,894,384 (July 2005 est.) people, with an average life expectancy at birth of 77.26 years. It has a total labour force of 10.22 million (2004 est.) people whom are occupied mainly in agriculture, industry and services. Taiwan has a fairly low unemployment rate of 4.5%.
93% of Taiwan's population have a mixture of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist religions, 4.5% are Christians and the other 2.5% have other religions.
Taiwan has a red flag with a dark blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner, bearing a white sun with 12 triangular rays.
Agricultural Products and Main Industries
The main recognized agricultural products of Taiwan are rice, corn, vegetables, fruit, tea; pigs, poultry, beef, milk and fish. Taiwan's main recognized industries are electronics, petroleum refining, armaments, chemicals, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing, vehicles, consumer products and pharmaceuticals.
The capital city of Taiwan is Taipei with a total population of 2 630 000 inhabitants.
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