Quite a few couples had something else to celebrate on Taiwan’s National Day on October 10: they welcomed their newborn babies. But Taiwan is still facing a declining birth rate.
A few babies were born on National Day, giving the new parents something extra to celebrate on October 10. In Taipei, Cathay General Hospital saw the birth of 10 new babies; Taipei City Hospital welcome 5 newborns, and Kangning Hospital saw 2 babies born.
The number of National Day babies is lower than the past and reflects the declining birth rate across Taiwan. Taiwan saw 193,844 newborns in 2017. That’s the lowest number in seven years. This year, the population aged 65 or older surpassed that of 14 and under for the first time. That marked Taiwan’s official transition into an aged society.
People in Taiwan are having less babies and getting married later in life. Many believe the stagnating economy has led to these trends. Others worry later marriages and the low birth will aggravate the major challenges Taiwan faces such as brain drain and a shortage of long term care professionals.