Taiwan set to become super-aged by 2025: NDC

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/18/2020
By: Flor Wang and Pan Tzi-yu

Photo used for illustrative purposes only / Photo taken from Pixabay

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) Taiwan will become a super-aged society by 2025, meaning that one in five citizens will be aged over 65, due mainly to a falling birth rate and a fast-aging population, the National Development Council (NDC) reported on Tuesday.

In 2025, one in every citizen will be aged over 65 years, and more than half of Taiwan's population in 2034 will be aged above 50, the NDC estimated in a biennial population projection (2020-2070) report published that day.

Based on the country's latest census on births, deaths and migration data, the NDC estimated that Taiwan's population will begin to register negative growth this year after peaking at 23.6 million in January, chiefly because there will be more deaths than births and less international migration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With persistent falling numbers among children aged from birth to 14 and longer life expectancies, senior citizens — those older than 65 — will account for over 20 percent of Taiwan's total population by 2025, the NDC said.  [FULL  STORY]

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