Korean Women's Age at 1st Birth Keeps Rising

  • Arirang News

    September 26, 2022 08:34

    The average age at which Korean women give birth for the first time continues to rise, reaching 32.3 years.
    The OECD said on Sunday the age had increased from 26.2 in 1993 to 32.3 in 2020.
    In 2020, the number of babies born in Korea fell below 300,000 for the first time, to 272,300.
    The country's total fertility rate, meaning the average number of babies a woman gives birth to in her lifetime, also declined to 0.84, the lowest among OECD member countries. The rate stood at 1.64 for the U.S., 1.56 for the U.K. and 1.33 for Japan.
    The OECD said women in Korea "postpone family formation and have fewer children over their lifetrime" because many are forced to "choose between career and family."
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