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A Closer Look at... Taiwan
OFFICIAL NAME
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Republic of C hina
GEOGRAPHY
An island located near the Taiwan Strait, off the east coast of C hina, NE of Hong Kong
AREA
35,563 sq km / 13,731 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
smaller than half the size of South Carolina
POPULATION
22,500,000
CAPITAL
Taipei
LITERACY
Figures not reported: ??% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
Official: Mandarin
RELIGION
Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism (no stats available)
POLITICS
Constitutional democracy led by a President, but with 91 political parties.
INCOME
Per capita income = US$ 13,248 per year
CURRENCY
New Taiwan Dollar (NT$)
TIME ZONE
GMT/UTC +8
SOURCES
Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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