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Korea's demographic timebomb
South Koreans are increasingly likely to live alone and to remain unmarried as they get older, according to government data.
By the numbers
Some 9.37 million households, 40% of the total, are single-person, The Chosunilbo reports (two-person households account for 24%, three persons 17% and four or more 19%).
The number of one-person households has increased by 1.92 million over the past five years.
The fastest growth has come among those in their 20s, up 61% to 1.47 million; one in five twenty-somethings now lives alone.
Forty-two percent of Koreans in their 30s are not married (up from 36% in 2016), according to census data cited by Yonhap.
Why it matters
A government minister has spoken of the need “to design policies to suit the lifestyle of singles, which affects a wide spectrum of society, the economy and culture”. Brands too will have to design products and services that take account of changing household configurations and lifestyles.
多样性、公平性和包容性需要发挥作用。在客户和机构层面，这一领域仍然存在挑战，机构继续缺乏内部多样性，而客户则在努力实现 DEI 议程。
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