People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP

South Korea

South Korea’s population shrinks for first time ever, with trend expected to worsen amid Covid-19

  • The country with the lowest fertility rate worldwide had 20,838 fewer people living there at the end of 2020 than a year earlier, the latest census data showed
  • Rising unemployment, mounting housing costs and other financial burdens associated with having children have been blamed for the low birth rate

Topic |   South Korea
People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP
People wearing face masks walk along a shopping street in Seoul on Saturday. South Korea’s population shrank last year for the first time in its history. Photo: AP
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