S Ko­rea to raise fall­ing birthrate

DNA (Delhi) - - WORLD -

Seoul: South Ko­rea is­sued a raft of mea­sures on Fri­day to try to re­verse one of the world’s low­est birth rates, of­fer­ing po­ten­tial par­ents in­creased ben­e­fits as it faces a loom­ing pop­u­la­tion de­cline. The coun­try’s fer­til­ity rate — the num­ber of chil­dren a woman is ex­pected to have in her life­time — fell to 0.95 in the third quar­ter, the first time it has dropped below 1 and far short of the 2.1 needed to main­tain sta­bil­ity.

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