Taiwan's population aging rapidly

02/09/2016 02:21 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) With life expectancy increasing and a birth rate that continues to decline, the aging of Taiwan's population has become increasingly obvious.

As of November 2015, Taiwan's aging index -- the number of seniors per every 100 young people under the age of 15 -- was 91.6, a rise of 39.8 over the past decade, according to the government's Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

There were just 3.19 million people under the age of 15 in November 2015, down from 4.26 million in the same month of 2005, the DGBAS said.

People aged 0-14 as a percentage of the total population also dropped from 18.8 percent in 2005 to 13.6 percent in 2015, it said.

During the 10-year period, Taiwan's total population increased by 722,000, of which 713,000 were senior citizens aged 65 or older, the DGBAS said.

As of November 2015, 12.5 percent of the population in Taiwan was 65 or over.

Data from the Ministry of the Interior show that the average life expectancy of Taiwanese was 79.8 years in 2014, 7.2 years longer than in 1984.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Y.F. Low)ENDITEM/ls

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