Number of newborns hit 10-year high in 2012
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- A total of 234,599 babies were delivered in Taiwan in 2012, the highest in terms of volume since 2002, when there were more than 240,000 births, Vice Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang announced Tuesday.
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Thanks to policies that encourage marriage and childbirth, and a preference in Taiwanese society for children born in the Year of Dragon, the number of newborns in the country broke the 230,000 barrier last year — a Dragon year, Chien said during a routine press conference.
According to Ministry of the Interior statistics, the number of newborns has declined since 2001, when 260,354 babies were born. The drop bottomed out in 2010, with only a little over 166,000 babies born, the tallies show.
The total fertility rate grew to 1.265 in 2012, from low of 0.895 in 2010 — the lowest since the government started to record Taiwan's fertility rate in 1951, Chien said.
The official predicted that the fertility rate will stay at 1.2 this year and that the number of newborns will continue to stand at over 200,000.