WorldViews: Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

By Rick Noack, August 30, 2014

South Korea may be doomed. A recent study, conducted by the National Assembly Research Service in Seoul, predicts that the country will reach zero inhabitants by 2750.

The report makes it clear where the country's problem lies: A remarkably low birth rate of 1.9 children per woman. But what's really striking is the speed at which it could happen: South Korea's population (currently larger than Spain) could shrink to a level comparable to tiny Switzerland within only a few generations.

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