Population grows to 23.35m
As of July 31, Taiwan’s population stood at 23.35 million, with 68.63 of people residing in the five special municipalities and Taoyuan County, which will be upgraded to a municipality next year, data from the Ministry of the Interior show. The data indicate that New Taipei City (新北市) is the most populous city, with 3.95 million residents. It is followed by Greater Kaohsiung (2.78 million), Greater Taichung (2.7 million), Taipei (2.68 million), Taoyuan County (2.04 million) and Greater Tainan (1.88 million). The total population grew 0.145 percent in the past year, slightly lower than the 0.187 percent rise seen in the previous year, the ministry said, attributing the drop to a decline in the number of newborns. The data also indicate a declining ratio of males to females. The ratio stood at 100.09 men for every 100 women at the end of last month, compared with the 100.38 to 100 ratio recorded the previous year. The ministry attributed the decline to several factors, including a higher death rate among men and a rise in the number of foreign spouses of Taiwanese men.
APCS volunteers chosen
A team of 500 volunteers was established yesterday to help during the Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) to be held in Greater Kaohsiung next month. Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) presented the official flag of the summit to the volunteers at an inaugural ceremony and encouraged the team, the majority of whom are young students who speak foreign languages, to show the municipality’s hospitality to the international guests. Volunteers are Greater Kaohsiung’s most powerful asset, Chen said, citing the 5,000 volunteers who worked at the 2009 World Games in the municipality. So far, more than 70 officials from Taiwan and abroad, including the Chinese cities of Tianjin, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Fuzhou, have agreed to head delegations at the event to share their experiences of urban development and the challenges they face, she said. The volunteers will offer translation services and administrative support during the summit, which will run from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11.
Ma heads to St Kitts & Nevis
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) was set to leave for Saint Kitts and Nevis yesterday in the final leg of his tour of five South American and Caribbean allies. Ma will be received by Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas upon arrival and will sign an extradition agreement with the Caribbean country. Ma is also scheduled to jog with young athletes, visit Taiwan’s diplomatic missions and inspect a solar energy power plant currently under construction before flying to Los Angeles for a transit stop. He is scheduled to return home on Thursday.
Airport ranked 9th in Asia
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport took ninth place in a recent survey on Asia’s best airports released by leading hotel booking site Agoda.com. A total of 11,000 travelers who flew into 15 major capital cities in Asia were asked to give an overall rating on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) for airport facilities such as signage, food selection, leisure options and number of bathrooms. The Taoyuan airport, which handled 28 million passengers last year, was rated 3.38, only one spot behind Beijing Capital International Airport (3.48). Singapore’s Changi Airport topped the list with an overall rating of 4.37.