On December 11, according to media reports, the Korea Statistics Office released the 2018 Newly Married Couples Statistics Report, based on November last year, South Korea married less than five years of first couples a total of 1.052 million couples. Of these, 423,000 couples, or 40.2 per cent, were childless, the highest ever.
According to the report, statistics show that four out of ten couples without children, the proportion of new couples without children has never been so high, so the average children number of first-time couples within five years of marriage has dropped to 0.74.
Statistics also show that newlyweds with property have a higher proportion of births than non-housed couples, and the average number of children is higher than that of couples with a home. In addition, more than 48 per cent of first-time couples with children chose to send their children to day care, 45.6 per cent chose to raise them at home, and for the first time in history, the proportion of first-time couples with children chose to be raised at daycare purpassing at home.
According to the Office of Statistics, women’s economic activity and fertility have a very large relationship, and balanced policies are becoming more and more important.
Earlier, South Korean media reported that the country’s fertility rate in the third quarter of this year continued to fall to 0.88, after 2018 the world’s only country under 1 to record the lowest fertility rate.