By: Claudia Liu and Lilian Wu
Taipei, June 23 (CNA) Taiwan’s birth rate continues to fall, with women having fewer babies, having their first baby at a later age and being less willing to have a third child, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of the Interior.
Women in Taiwan’s six municipalities gave birth to their first child at an average age of over 30, with women in Taipei giving birth to their first child at an average of 32.44 years, according to 2015 statistics.
Women in half of Taiwan’s 22 cities and counties, including the six municipalities — Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung — Hsinchu and Chiayi cities, and Hsinchu, Kinmen and Lienjiang counties, gave birth to their first child at the age of over 30 last year.
The ratio of women in Taipei who gave birth to a third child was also the lowest among Taiwan’s cities and counties. [FULL STORY]