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One in Three Young Dual-Income Couples in South Korea Are Child-Free, Study Finds

One in Three Young Dual-Income Couples in South Korea Are Child-Free, Study Finds

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) – More than one in three young dual-income married couples in South Korea are “double income, no kids” households, known as DINKs, according to a recent study by the Korea Labor Institute. The institute’s report on “Changes in Characteristics of Childless Couples Over the Past Decade,” analyzing data from the Korean [...]

South Korean City to Subsidize Frozen Egg Fertility Treatments

South Korean City to Subsidize Frozen Egg Fertility Treatments

BORYEONG, Apr. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – In an effort to increase the city’s birthrate, officials in Boryeong, a coastal municipality in South Chungcheong Province, announced on April 29 that they would subsidize frozen egg fertility treatments for couples trying to conceive. The program will cover the costs of thawing frozen eggs and in vitro fertilization using [...]

Reduced Employment Discrimination Paradoxically Tied to Falling Birthrates in South Korea

Reduced Employment Discrimination Paradoxically Tied to Falling Birthrates in South Korea

SEOUL, Apr. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – An ironic factor contributing to around 40% of South Korea’s declining birthrate has been identified as younger women experiencing less employment discrimination than in the past, according to a new report. While gender-based disadvantages in hiring have decreased for young women, the probability of career interruption after childbirth has remained [...]

South Korea to Reduce Teaching College Admissions as Student Numbers Plunge

South Korea to Reduce Teaching College Admissions as Student Numbers Plunge

SEOUL, Apr. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – With the world’s lowest birthrate leading to a rapidly shrinking school-age population in South Korea, the government plans to curtail admissions to colleges of education that train new teachers, following earlier moves to scale back the hiring of instructors. The adjustment comes amid concerns over a worsening imbalance between dwindling [...]

Infant and Toddler Accidents on the Rise in South Korea Despite Falling Birth Rates

Infant and Toddler Accidents on the Rise in South Korea Despite Falling Birth Rates

SUWON, Apr. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite declining birth rates in South Korea, the number of medical emergency calls involving accidents with infants and toddlers aged 0 to 6 has been increasing annually, according to data from fire authorities. The Gyeonggi Province Fire and Disaster Headquarters reported that incidents requiring paramedic dispatches for young children in [...]

Facing Birth Rate Crisis, South Korean Province Launches Matchmaking Efforts

Facing Birth Rate Crisis, South Korean Province Launches Matchmaking Efforts

ANDONG, Apr. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – In a bid to tackle dwindling birth rates, the government of North Gyeongsang Province announced on April 2 that it will implement a “matchmaking package program” aimed at bringing together singles.  The initiative will provide opportunities for unmarried men and women to meet through hobby clubs catering to interests like [...]

South Korea Sees Sharp Decline in Second Child Births Amid Economic and Lifestyle Pressures

South Korea Sees Sharp Decline in Second Child Births Amid Economic and Lifestyle Pressures

SEJONG, Mar. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – For working mom Park Soo-jin, 40, from Seoul, each day with her two-year-old is filled with joy. She occasionally entertains the thought of having a sibling for her child but has no immediate plans for a second child, largely due to the daunting prospect of a career gap from maternity leave [...]