Korean Husbands Least Likely to Help Out at Home

Korean husbands spend less time helping out at home than their counterparts in other OECD countries, a recent survey shows.

According to the survey of 29 member countries released to coincide with International Women's Day on Saturday, Korean men spend just 45 minutes a day doing the housework and taking care of their children, less than one third of the OECD average of 141 minutes.

Their Chinese counterparts spend 91 minutes doing the same, while Japanese and Indian men spend 62 minutes and 52 minutes, respectively.

Korean men help out with household chores for 21 minutes, the second shortest amount of time following their Indian counterparts (19 minutes). They devote just 10 minutes to taking care of their children, putting them third from bottom after men in Portugal (6 minutes) and Japan (7 minutes).

They also spend an average of 6 minutes shopping for daily necessities, the least among the countries surveyed. On the other hand, they spend 422 minutes at their workplace and 314 minutes on leisure activities.

Danish men are the most helpful husbands in the world, devoting 186 minutes to household chores and childcare, trailing Norwegians (184 minutes) and Australians (172 minutes).

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 10, 2014 09:06 KST