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[Graphic News] A record 46% of newlyweds have no children

By Nam Kyung-don

Published : Jan. 4, 2024 - 08:01

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The number of newly married couples fell more than 6 percent to come to around 1 million in 2022, and the proportion of the couples having no children reached an all-time high, data showed.

The number of newly married couples came to 1.03 million last year, down from the previous year’s 1.1 million, according to the data from Statistics Korea.

The newlyweds here refer to couples who tied the knot for the first time in the five years up to November 2022.

The figure has shown a downtrend from 1.47 million in 2015 to 1.32 million in 2018 and 1.18 million in 2020.

Of the couples, 46.4 percent did not have children, a record-high proportion since 2015, when Statistics Korea began compiling the related data.

The number of babies born to the newlyweds came to 0.65 in 2022, also an all-time low. The comparable figure for 2021 came to 0.66. (Yonhap)