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3 in 4 S. Koreans Call for Abolishing Childbirth Classification by Marital Status

3 in 4 S. Koreans Call for Abolishing Childbirth Classification by Marital Status

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The majority of South Koreans were found to support the idea of amending the current legal system that classifies childbirth depending on the marital status of the child’s parents. The Ministry of Gender and Equality conducted a survey on 1,500 South Koreans last month to gain insight into views [...]

65 pct of Single Adults Believe Government Policy for Childbirth is Ineffective

65 pct of Single Adults Believe Government Policy for Childbirth is Ineffective

SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Roughly two-thirds of single South Korean women believe that government policy in place to encourage giving birth to children falls short of influencing decisions on marriage and childbirth. Gayeon Matchmaking Consulting Service conducted a survey of 1,000 single men and women, 65 percent of whom believed that government policy [...]

Statistics Agency Says S. Korea’s Population Likely to Peak in 2028

Statistics Agency Says S. Korea’s Population Likely to Peak in 2028

SEJONG, Mar. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s statistics agency forecast Thursday that the country’s population is likely to peak at 51.94 million in 2028 before declining to 39.29 million in 2067. Statistics Korea’s latest medium variant projection is bleaker than its previous assessment, made in 2016, when South Korea’s population was projected to fall [...]

Samsung Electronics to Expand Paternal and Child-care Leave to Promote Childbirth

Samsung Electronics to Expand Paternal and Child-care Leave to Promote Childbirth

SEOUL, Mar. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. announced plans to expand paternal leave and childcare leave to meet the government’s policy to promote childbirth. Samsung Electronics recently decided to offer as much as 20 days of paid leave if an employee’s wife gives birth to twins, effective this month. The current welfare policy [...]

S. Korea’s Total Fertility Rate Hits Record Low of 0.98 in 2018

S. Korea’s Total Fertility Rate Hits Record Low of 0.98 in 2018

SEJONG, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s total fertility rate hit a record low of 0.98 in 2018, government data showed Wednesday, a clear warning that Asia’s fourth-largest economy may face a population decline going forward. The total fertility rate refers to the average number of children a woman bears in her lifetime. The [...]

S. Korea Grapples with Declining Childbirths, Looming Uncertainties for Its Future

S. Korea Grapples with Declining Childbirths, Looming Uncertainties for Its Future

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — For decades, the entrance to the maternity ward at Cheil General Hospital & Women’s Healthcare Center bustled with parents-to-be, but today it stands vacant, having been shuttered for months. The hospital’s decline is a stark illustration of one of the most daunting challenges facing South Korea: its low birthrate. [...]

S. Korea’s Number of Childbirths Continues to Decline in June

S. Korea’s Number of Childbirths Continues to Decline in June

SEJONG, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of newborns in South Korea fell again in June, government data showed Wednesday, in the latest sign of the chronically-low birthrate that has plagued Asia’s fourth-largest economy for more than a decade. About 26,400 babies were born in June, down 8.7 percent from 28,900 tallied a year [...]

S. Korea’s Fertility Rate Drops to Record Low in 2017

S. Korea’s Fertility Rate Drops to Record Low in 2017

SEJONG, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of newborns in South Korea fell again in June, government data showed Wednesday, in the latest sign of the chronically-low birthrate that has plagued Asia’s fourth-largest economy for more than a decade. About 26,400 babies were born in June, down 8.7 percent from 28,900 tallied a year [...]

National Health Insurance to Offer Greater Coverage for Pregnancy and Childbirth

National Health Insurance to Offer Greater Coverage for Pregnancy and Childbirth

SEOUL, Aug. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting next month, national health insurance coverage for pregnancy and childbirth will be expanded as part of the government’s effort to encourage couples to have children.  On August 28, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) announced that starting in September, entitlement to pregnancy and childbirth insurance coverage will [...]

Retailers Moving Quickly to Allow Employees to Balance Work with Family

Retailers Moving Quickly to Allow Employees to Balance Work with Family

SEOUL, Jul. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean retailers have moved quickly to create a favorable work environment for expecting and child-rearing mothers, including incentives for fathers, industry observers said Tuesday. Retail businesses have been fast movers in accommodating women who in most cases make up nearly half of their workforces. With the government encouraging [...]