Elderly South Koreans waiting to receive a Covid-19 vaccination in 2021. The country is changing how it calculates ages, meaning citizens will become younger, on paper.  Photo: Bloomberg
Elderly South Koreans waiting to receive a Covid-19 vaccination in 2021. The country is changing how it calculates ages, meaning citizens will become younger, on paper. Photo: Bloomberg
South Korea

South Koreans set to get younger as traditional age system is phased out

  • Nation’s use of three different counting systems has led to confusion and rows over age-related policies, including those related to Covid-19 vaccinations and testing
  • Scrapping centuries-old traditional system in favour of the international standard was one of President Yoon Suk-yeol’s election campaigns

Elderly South Koreans waiting to receive a Covid-19 vaccination in 2021. The country is changing how it calculates ages, meaning citizens will become younger, on paper.  Photo: Bloomberg
Elderly South Koreans waiting to receive a Covid-19 vaccination in 2021. The country is changing how it calculates ages, meaning citizens will become younger, on paper. Photo: Bloomberg
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