Ten fun facts about Taiwan


Fact 1
Taiwan is bordered by the Luzon Strait on the south, East China Sea to the north and the Philippine Sea on the east. The main island is 240 miles long and comprises of twenty-one small islands.

Fact 2
Its official name is Republic of China or ROC.

Fact 3
Taiwan is the third-largest holder of foreign exchange reserves. The new Taiwan dollar (TWD) is the official currency.


Fact 4
Taiwanese Hokkien is the language spoken by most of the people in Taiwan. Mandarin is the official language of the island.

Fact 5
Buddhism is the most popular religion in Taiwan and has a following of almost 4.9 million people. The other religious practices are Islam, Taoism, Bahaism, Catholicism and Protestantism.

Fact 6
Some of the major industries are petroleum refining, iron and steel, textiles, food processing, consumer products, vehicles and pharmaceuticals. The island is rich in natural resources such as natural gas, coal, marble, asbestos, small deposits of coal and limestone.

Fact 7
Baseball is the national sport of Taiwan and the other popular sports are basketball, football, cycling, golf and tennis. The martial art, Taekwondo, is also practiced widely in Taiwan.

Fact 8
The first woman to win a world Nobel Peace Prize was Lu Hsui-lein from Taiwan.

Fact 9
Jade Mountain or Mount Yu is the highest peak in Taiwan which is situated at 3950m above sea level.

Fact 10
Taiwan has the lowest poverty rate and the highest recycling rates in the world.


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Is located in the western Pacific Ocean and is also known as the Kingdom of the Corals.


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Population
23,398,263

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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