More divorces than Japan
Taiwan has a higher divorce rate than that registered in Japan and Singapore, according to data released by the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) yesterday. In the first 11 months of last year, 49,000 married couples got divorced in Taiwan, equal to an average of 2.3 married couples per 1,000 people legally ending their marriages, the DGBAS data showed. The figure was slightly lower than the average crude divorce rate of 2.6 divorces per 1,000 people registered for the period from 2000 to 2012, the DGBAS said in a statement. Taiwan’s divorce rate was lower than Russia’s 4.7 and the US’ 3.6 recorded in 2011, while roughly the same as that registered in South Korea’s 2.3 in 2012, Finland’s 2.4 in 2012 and Germany’s 2.3 in 2011. Meanwhile, 132,000 couples got married in Taiwan between January and November last year, for a crude marriage rate of 6.2 marriages per 1,000 population.
Allies to learn Mandarin
Starting this year, Taiwan is to send certified professionals to its diplomatic allies and other countries to teach Mandarin Chinese, the government-funded agency responsible for the initiative said yesterday. The countries that so far have shown interest in the new initiative are mainly in Latin America and include Panama, Paraguay, El Salvador and Nicaragua, according the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF). “We will send certified professionals to our diplomatic allies and other countries with which we have good ties, if they need Mandarin Chinese teachers,” Taiwan ICDF secretary-general Tao Wen-lung (陶文隆) said. The agency plans to recruit certified Mandarin Chinese instructors for the initiative.