South Korea has lowest birth rate and record deaths in 40 years


South Korea recorded the lowest number of births in 40 years during the second quarter of this year, while deaths hit a record high, local media reported on Wednesday.

During the April-June period, 59,961 babies were born across the country, down 9.3% from the previous year, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the latest data. from Statistics Korea.

This is the lowest number of births in the second trimester since 1981.

The East Asian country is facing a declining birth rate as many young people are drifting away from marriage and having children due to lack of decent job opportunities, high property prices and high private tuition fees.

However, the country’s death rate has increased over this period. A record 90,406 people died, marking a 20% increase from the previous year, according to the report.

South Korea’s population has also shrunk over the past 32 months.

In 2020, the government announced more incentives for families to encourage more births amid falling numbers.

Despite the government’s efforts, the country’s total fertility rate, which refers to the average number of children a woman bears during her lifetime, stood at 0.75 in the second trimester, down from 0.92 a year earlier, the agency reported.

*Written by Islamuddin Sajid

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