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Thursday, November 1, 2007

A comparison of the US and Taiwan

Category Taiwan US
total area 35980 sq km 9,826,630 sq km
population 22.9 million 301.1 million
median age: 35.5 36.6 years
birth rate: 8.97 births/1,000 population (2007 est.) 14.16 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
male life expectancy: 74.65 years male: 75.15 years
female life expectancy: 80.74 years female: 80.97 years (2007 est.)
government branches: executive, legislative, judicial, examination, and control executive, legislative, judicial
ethnic groups: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84% mainland Chinese 14% indigenous 2% white 81.7% black 12.9% Asian 4.2% Amerindian and Alaska native 1% native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2%
net migration rate: 0.61 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.) 3.05 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)
religion: mixture of Buddhist and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5% Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%, Mormon 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 1%, other 10% (2002 est.)
household savings rate: 20% (2007)
Taipei Times
-.3% (2005)
Bureau of Economic Analysis
homeownership rate: 86% (2002)
Lu and Chen
69% (2005)
Danter.com
average home size: 42.2 ping (2006)
Liberty Times
70 ping USA Today
suffrage (投票, 參政權, 選舉權): 20 years of age 18 years of age
legislative branch unicameral legislative yuan bicameral congress
(225 seats; 168 members elected by popular vote) senate (100 seats) and house of representatives (435 seats)
GDP per capita (PPP) $29,600 (2006 est.) $43,800 (2006 est.)
population below poverty line: 0.9% (2006 est.) 12% (2004 est.)
public debt: 34.6% of GDP (2006 est.) 64.7% of GDP (2005 est.)
export partners: China 22.5%, Hong Kong 15.7%, US 15%, Japan 7.3% (2006 est.) Canada 22.2%, Mexico 12.9%, Japan 5.8%, China 5.3%, UK 4.4% (2006)
import partners: Japan 23%, China 11.9%, US 10.9%, South Korea 7.2%, Saudi Arabia 4.9% Canada 16%, China 15.9%, Mexico 10.4%, Japan 7.9%, Germany 4.8%
major exports 2006 (economist.com) machinery&electrical equipment 49.8%, base metals 10.7%, precision instruments 8.2%, plastic&rubber articles 7.1% capital goods (excl auto) 45.8%, industrial supplies 30.5%, consumer goods (excl auto) 14.3%, automotive vehicles, parts&supplies 11.8%



All data from CIA Factbook unless otherwise noted.




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