Sun, Sep 21, 2014 - Page 3 News List

Statistics reveal birth rate edged up by 0.5 percent

Staff writer, with CNA

Between January and last month, 132,470 babies were born in Taiwan, a 0.5 percent increase from the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the Ministry of the Interior.

The number of newborns for the whole of this year is expected to reach 200,000, according to the ministry’s estimates.

In the first eight months of the year, one out every 100 babies was born to couples in which one of the parents is from Hong Kong, Macau or China, according to the ministry.

Over the past decade, the rate of babies born to a mother who is a citizen of China, Hong Kong or Macau has dropped to 3.9 percent from 5.2 percent of the total, while the rate of babies born to a mother who is a foreign national has fallen to 2.7 percent from 8.1 percent in 2004, according to the ministry’s data.

Under the Republic of China Constitution, China, Hong Kong and Macau are not considered foreign territories.

In the first eight months of the year, Lienchiang County on Matsu Island had the highest “crude birth rate” — the average annual number of live births during a year per 1,000 people in the population estimated in the middle of the year — with 0.86 percent, while Keelung saw the lowest, at 0.36 percent, the statistics show.

The gender ratio among newborns was 107.4 boys to every 100 girls, the ministry said, adding that the ratio has fallen to below 108 boys to every 100 girls over the past four years, compared with a ratio of 110.6 boys to every 100 girls registered in 2004.

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