The last children on an ageing South Korean island – in pictures

The last children on an ageing South Korean island – in pictures

The Guardian

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Nokdo Island, about a 75-minute ferry ride from Boryeong on South Korea’s west coast, has only a handful of children. After decades of national urbanisation and a long-gone birth control drive, Nokdo’s decline encapsulates the demographic slump that led to the population of Asia’s fourth largest economy dropping for the first time last year. It has become the world’s fastest-ageing society, with the lowest birth rate anywhere in 2020, according to the World Bank

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