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South Korea’s population falls for first time in history

Ageing population and low birth rate create demographic tipping point in Asia’s fourth-largest economy

South Korea’s population has fallen for the first time in the country’s history, as it battles an ageing population and chronically low birth rate.

The latest census figures, released at the weekend, show the population stood at 51,829,023 at the end of December, down from 20,838 from the previous year.

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