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S. Korea's population declining for 18 months straight Updated: 2021-06-23 09:58:25 KST


Data for April shows that South Korea recorded more deaths than births for the 18th month in a row.
According to Statistics Korea, the number of births in April was at around 22,800.
That's a decline of two.two percent on-year.
More babies were born in the cities of Busan and Gwangju, but not in Seoul or Daegu.
Around 25-thousand people died in April meaning the country's population decreased by 22-hundred people.
The long-term demographic trends from Statistics Korea show that the country will see a decline in the population from 2029.
That's earlier than the previous estimate of 2032.
The government has been spending a massive amount of funds since 2018 to tackle the low birthrate crisis offering financial aid to those who give birth.
But, experts say that the funds cannot stop the falling population, and added that the government has to work more on childcare and education policies.
The number of marriages in April was around 15-thousand, which is one.two percent higher than in April the previous year.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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