Korea's Population Growth Rate Among Lowest in Asia

The rate of Korea's population growth fell to among the lowest in Asia last year, mainly due to the country's record-low birthrate.

According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on Thursday, the country's population grew 0.3 percent in 2009, ranking 43rd along with Armenia and the Marshall Islands among 48 countries in Asia.

The Cook Islands in New Zealand ranked first at 3.6 percent.

The low figures have prompted the Korean government to begin looking for ways to encourage childbirth since a country's average growth rate needs to stay above 1 percent if the population is to remain stable.

Arirang News / Sep. 10, 2010 11:32 KST