Travel Information for Taiwan
Time zone:GMT +8 (Taiwan standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Mandarin Chinese Other languages:    Min, Hakka
Currency: New Taiwan dollars (TWD)

1 = NT$35.35, $1 = NT$31.68, £1 = NT$42.00

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.twInternational Dialling Code:    886

For help planning your trip to Taiwan including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Taiwan trip planning page.

Further information on Taiwan

Discover more about Taiwan - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of taiwan

Total area: 35,980 sq km (3,720 sq km under water)

Coastline: 1,566 km (East China Sea, South China Sea, Taiwan Strait)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Tropical, marine climate. Most of the year is humid and warm with the rainy season during the southwest monsoon between June and August. Typhoons occur annually.

Highest mountain: Yu Shan (3,952m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Taiwan from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 35/167
Economic FreedomMostly Free 14/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 50/179
ILGA LGBT rightsSome rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 35/174
Overall Ranking:    38/195

Other Data & Links

Status: Independent Country

Population: 23,359,928 (rank: 51/196)     Density: 649.2 people/sq km (rank: 10/196)

Ethnic groups: Taiwanese (including Hakka) 84%, mainland Chinese 14%, indigenous 2%

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

GDP (PPP): $926.4 billion       GDP per capita: $39,600 (rank: 19/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.