Source
Central bank

Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

International Reserves

N/A

Source
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

973 billion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
3.7% 6.2% 4.7% 5.4% 6.0% 0.7% -1.8% 10.8%
2011 2012 2013 2014*        
4.2% 1.5% 2.1% 3.1%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 21,436 (2014 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$41,540 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
0.56% 0.85% 1.06% 1.09% 1.07%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 2% 
  • industry: 29.4% 
  • services: 68.6% (2013 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2011 2012 2013 2014*
1.4% 1.9% 0.8% 1.4%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2011 2012 2013 2014*
4.4% 4.2% 4.2% 4.2%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

 

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
38.3% 40.0% 40.9% 41.0% 40.6%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
-5.0% -4.0% -4.2% -3.2% -3.0%

*Estimate   

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AA-

Moody's rating: Aa3

Moody's outlook: STA

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Sept 2014)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2010 2011 2012
US$738.3 billion US$784.1 billion  US$831.9 billion
Largest companies in Taiwan

Hon Hai Precision, Taiwan Semiconductor, Cathay Financial, Fubon Financial, Formosa Petrochemical, Formosa Chemicals, Quanta Computer, Chunghwa Telecom, China Steel, Nan Ya Plastics, Chinatrust Financial, Mega Financial Holding, Formosa Plastics, Uni-President, Asustek Computer, Mediatek, Shin Kong Financial, Taishin Financial Holdings, Delta Electronics, Advanced Semiconductor, Pegatron, First Financial Holding, Cheng Shin Rubber Industry Co., Innolux, AU Optronics, Hua Nan Financial, SinoPac Financial, China Life Insurance (Taiwan), Compal Electronics, Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan Cooperative Financial, Wistron, Chang Hwa Bank, E.Sun Financial, Ruentex Industries, Far Eastern New Century, Taiwan Business Bank, Mercuries & Associates, Ruentex Development, Inventec, Pou Chen, President Chain Store, TPK Holding, WPG Holdings, Yuanta Financial Holding, Acer, Inotera Memories

 
 
Source
Current account balance

US$ 58.954 billion (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

11.737% of GDP (2014 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

N/A

 

Shares in world total merchandising export

1.64% (2012)

Shares in world total commercial services export

1.11% (2012)

Total exports

US$305.8 billion (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

electronics, flat panels, machinery; metals; textiles, plastics, chemicals; optical, photographic, measuring, and medical instruments

Total imports

US$268.5 billion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

electronics, machinery, crude petroleum, precision instruments, organic chemicals, metals

Exports - major partners

China 27.1%, Hong Kong 13.2%, US 10.3%, Japan 6.4%, Singapore 4.4% (2012 est.)

Imports - major partners

Japan 17.6%, China 16.1%, US 9.5% (2012 est.)

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$-1,957 million US$3,207 million US$3,688 million  
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  
US$12,766 million US$13,137 million US$14,344 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
US$-339 million US$247 million US$2,235 million US$-157 million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2012 (Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2013 (Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 16 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 17 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 84 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 31 out of 189 countries

Getting credit: 73 out of 189 countries

Protecting investors: 34 out of 189 countries

Trading across border: 18 out of 189 countries

Paying Taxes: 58 out of 189 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 7 out of 189 countries

Getting Electricity: 7 out of 189 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 16 out of 189 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

14

(2014-2015)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 17 Score: 73.9 (Mostly Free) (2014)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Total area

N/A

Capital

Taipei (2009)

Currency

New Taiwan dollars (TWD) (2009)

Government type

multiparty democracy (2009)

Languages

Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects

Religions

mixture of Buddhist and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
N/A 20.4 million 22.28 million 23.43 million 24.51 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Population median age

N/A

Population growth rate

N/A

% of population living on less than $2 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:1
Civil Liberties:2 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

196.75% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

72% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

Taipei: 52nd (2011)

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

N/A

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