Men No Longer Outnumber Women in Korea

Chosun Media – Wednesday, 03 July 2013 (originally published 28 Jun)

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Men no longer outnumber women in Korea for the first time since statistics began in 1960, suggesting that the traditional preference of parents for boys over girls has come to an end. Worldwide, women slightly outnumber men, but Korea has just achieved parity.

Statistics Korea on Thursday said there are 25.08 million women out of a total population of 50.2 million. The proportion of women in the total population has been increasing steadily from 49.4 percent in 1970 to 49.7 percent in 1990. It now stands at 50 percent and is expected to exceed that of men in 2015.

The main reason is changing attitudes. Even until the early 2000s, preference for boys was still evident with 110.2 baby boys born for every 100 baby girls . . .

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