South Korea entered a super-aged society in just seven years, three years faster than what Japan experienced, and the fastest in the world.

The picture shows the ranking histogram of the time it takes to go from an aging society to a super-aging society.

(Picture taken from YouTube/YTN)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] The number of elderly people over 65 years old in South Korea is estimated to exceed 9 million in three years, and in just seven years, it has rapidly entered a "super-aged society" from an aging society.

Despite the rapid increase in the elderly population, the elderly poverty rate is still ranked first in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

According to a report by YTN, a TV news channel founded by Yonhap News Agency, by 2025, the population of South Korea over the age of 65 will exceed 9 million, accounting for more than 20% of the total population, officially entering a super-aged society (the elderly population accounts for 20% of the total population). ).

This is South Korea's entry into a super-aged society after only 7 years after it was declared an advanced society in 2018 (the elderly accounted for 14% of the total population), which is even 3 years faster than what Japan has experienced. The speed is The fastest in the world.

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However, the elderly population is growing so fast, but their livelihood is quite difficult.

The elderly poverty rate of South Korea ranks first among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (43.2%), and it also ranks higher than that of Central and Eastern European countries such as Estonia (34.5%) and Slovenia (13.0%).

Jeong Soon-do (정순둘; transliteration), a professor at the Department of Social Welfare at Ewha Womans University, said that in the past 10 years, the values ​​of the elderly have changed dramatically.

Traditionally, seniors have few plans to continue working after retirement.

However, modern seniors, even if they are old or even reaching the retirement age, still intend to continue working as long as they have the opportunity, whether it is odd or part-time, even if their income is not high.

The professor speculates that the main reason for these phenomena is to subsidize living expenses.

The elderly are worried that if they do not continue to work and their family income will decrease, they will become a burden on their younger generations and increase the financial pressure on their families.

In addition, the subsidies and subsidies given by the government can only barely cover the current high price of life.

The professor concluded that the social problems brought about by the aging population, whether it is the family, the government or the society, should be faced together.

The elderly poverty rate in South Korea ranks overwhelmingly first (43.2%) among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The picture shows the histogram of the ranking of poverty rates among middle-aged and elderly people in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

(Picture taken from YouTube/YTN)