Key Stats
Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Taipei
Population: 23,950,214
% Urban: 79.3 %
Official Language: Mandarin. Hoklo and Hakka are widely spoken
Languages: 28
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 81 yrs (32/236)
% Christian: 5.8 %
% Evangelical: 2.8 %
Largest Religion: Chinese
% Largest Religion: 60.7 %
People Groups: 36
Least Reached People Groups: 8
% Unevangelized: 34 %
Taiwan – Republic of China

Taiwan’s controversial political status causes problems both within China and internationally. Taiwan functions as an independent state, but by law is a province of China. If Taiwan declared independence, it could result in a hostile military response from China. Even without such a declaration, China’s expanding ambitions and increasingly aggressive tone and actions cast a long shadow over this beautiful island. Pray for wisdom for the leaders involved, and for good relations for the long term. Pray that violence would be averted, and that peace would prevail.
Taiwan – Republic of China

Taiwan remains a stronghold of Buddhism and Taiwanese folk religion. Over 90% of Taiwanese follow some combination of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and traditional religions. Buddhism now grows strongly among educated professionals. Most traditional folk religions have many gods, and people pay offerings to ghosts or seek advice from the spirit world. Taiwan remains the only major Han Chinese population in the world without a significant spiritual breakthrough. Visitors from mainland China often comment on the spiritual darkness here.
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