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South Korea Again Smashes Own Record for World’s Lowest Fertility Rate in 2022

  • Fertility rate falls to 0.78 last year from 0.81 in 2021
  • Korea’s population shrinking as more people die than are born

South Korea’s fertility rate, the world’s lowest for years, has fallen again, aggravating the challenges of aging demographics for the economy.

The number of babies expected per woman fell to 0.78 last year, according to data released by the statistics office on Wednesday. At 0.81 in 2021, it was already the lowest among more than 260 nations tracked by the World Bank.