2/3 of Korean Men in Their 30s Are Unmarried

  • By Kim Sung-mo

    July 12, 2023 12:56

    Two out of three Korean men in their early 30s are still single, up from about 50 percent in 2010. The proportion of single women in that age group in Korea also rose from one-third to about half over the period.
    That bodes ill for the country's birthrate, which is already the world's lowest.
    "People tend to delay their graduation until they find decent jobs, which means they also get married later, while nearly 50 percent of people think marriage is not necessary at all," said Kim Kyung-hee at Statistics Korea.
    No wonder then that fewer children are born every year. Last year, only 249,000 babies were born in Korea, down about half from 2012's 485,000.
    Meanwhile, the proportion of young Koreans who think husbands and wives should share the burden of household chores rose from 45.3 percent in 2012 to 64.7 percent in 2022, but even a decade later only 21.3 percent of husbands and 20.5 percent of wives said they split household chores equally.
    But the number of men who take childcare leave surged from 3.3 percent of total workers who take parental leave in 2011 to 24.1 percent in 2021.
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