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The capital of Taiwan is Taipei City. It is located on the River Danshui, and is the central city of the largest metropolitan area of Taiwan. The city is the political, cultural and economic center of the country.
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Nationality: Noun: Taiwan (singular and plural)
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Ethnic groups: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84%, mainland Chinese 14%, indigenous 2%
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Religions: mixture of Buddhist and Taoist 93%, Christian 4.5%, other 2.5%
Population: 23,113,901 (July 2012 est.)
Located in the western Pacific Ocean, Taiwan is bordered by the Philippine Sea on the east, by the Luzon Strait on the south, and by the East China Sea to the north. The main island of Taiwan is 240 miles long; it comprises twenty-one small islands.
The New Taiwan Dollar, denoted by TWD, is the official currency of the Republic of China (ROC), commonly referred to as Taiwan. It has been the currency of the island since 1949, when it replaced the Old Taiwan Dollar.
Taiwanese Hokkien is the language spoken by a majority of the population in Taiwan. However, Mandarin is the official language of the island.
The most popular religion in Taiwan is Buddhism, with almost 4.9 million people following it. Taoism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, and Bahaism are some of the other religions practiced.
Taiwan is the seventeenth largest economy in the world. Petroleum refining, textiles, iron and steel, machinery, cement, food processing, vehicles, consumer products, and pharmaceuticals are some of the major industries. The island is rich in natural resources like asbestos, marble, small deposits of coal, natural gas, and limestone.
It is a leader in the manufacturing of computers, chemicals, and electronic items. Agriculture contributes 1.7% to the GDP. Rice, fruit, and vegetables are the main crops. Self-sufficient in rice production, Taiwan imports large amounts of wheat, corn, and soybeans. Poultry and pork production are mainstays of the livestock sector. United States of America, Japan and China are both the import- as well as export-partners of the island. With over US $180 billion, Taiwan is the third-largest holder of foreign-exchange reserves.
Taiwan is sometimes called the Illha Farmosa, which means beautiful island in Portuguese. The name was given by the Portuguese sailors in the sixteenth century. It is also called the The Kingdom of the Corals.
The national sport of Taiwan is baseball. It is also the most popular sport. Basketball is the second-most popular sport, followed by football. Golf, Tennis and cycling are the other favorite sports of the island. Taekwondo is a martial art widely practiced in Taiwan.
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