Births Slump to Record Low

  • By Gwak Rae-geon

    December 23, 2016 11:53

    October saw the fewest babies born in Korean history as many young people decide to remain unmarried or have no children. Only 31,600 babies were born, down 13.9 percent from October last year, according to Statistics Korea on Thursday. It was the smallest number since statistics began in 2000.

    The figure for the year so far is also an all-time low at just 349,000 babies from January to October, down 6.4 percent from a year earlier. The monthly number of births has dropped for 11 months in a row, and this year's total will probably be lower than the previous nadir of 435,000 in 2005.

    The prospects for the future are bleak because marriages are dwindling. Some 22,000 couples got married in October, down 5.2 percent on-year and the lowest for the month in 15 years.

    In the first 10 months of the year 227,900 couples got married, down 6.4 percent on-year and also an all-time low.

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