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South Korea fertility rate at new lows, dipping below 1.0 threshold

Economic strains on the young create a barrier to families

South Korea's births plummeted by over 30,000 to an all-time low of 327,000 in 2018, the national statistics office said.
South Korea's births plummeted by over 30,000 to an all-time low of 327,000 in 2018, the national statistics office said.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea fell below the key fertility threshold of one child per woman last year for the first time on record, the national statistics office said Wednesday, as births plummeted to an all-time recorded low.

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