SEEKING ANSWERS: The Ministry of the Interior said there is a correlation between marriages and births, and their decline might be because of improved education
Date: Jan 07, 2019
By: Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporter
The nation recorded an eight-year low of 181,601 births last year, while the number of
marriages also dropped, Ministry of the Interior data showed yesterday.
The population was 23,588,932 at the end of last year, with 11,876,000 females and 11,712,000 males, the data showed.
The birthrate has declined to 7.56 per 1,000 people, the data showed.
In the period after World War II, 300,000 to 400,000 babies were born annually, but the number was less than 200,000 in 2008 amid the global financial crisis and dropped to 166,886 in 2010, the data showed. [FULL STORY]