Country: Taiwan

Population: 22,858,872

Capital: Taipei

Time Zone: UTC+8

Currency Name: new Taiwan dollar (TWD)

Government Type: multiparty democracy

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

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

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

Major Cities: Taipei

Phone Country Code: 886

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/lan/Cht/search/index.asp

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 110 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 3 (Bank Holiday), Chinese New Year, February 28 (Peace Memorial Day), April 5 (Tomb Sweeping Day), Dragon Boat Festival, July 1 (Bank Holiday), October 10 (Double Tenth Day), Moon Festival

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Taiwan is 242 miles long and 87 miles wide.