August 29, 2019 13:47
Korea's total fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 0.91 in the second quarter of this year, or less than one child likely to be born to every woman over her lifetime, Statistics Korea said Wednesday.
With only 75,448 babies born nationwide between April and June, the fertility rate dropped in all 17 provinces and major cities except Gangwon Province. The worst was in Seoul with just 0.71.
If the trend continues, the birthrate could drop below 0.9 this year.
The number of marriages, which indicate the birthrate trend two to three years from now, also fell to only 61,027 couples in the second quarter, down 7.8 percent on-year.
The crude marriage rate, which is the number of marriages per 1,000 population, fell from 5.2 to 4.8 over the same period. All figures are all-time second-quarter lows.
Over the whole of last year, 326,800 babies were born, down 8.7 percent on-year, and childbirths per 1,000 people declined by 0.6 to 6.4.
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