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More and More South Koreans Think Marriage is a Matter of Choice
Young People Prefer to Live Together Without Marriage
More and More South Koreans Think Marriage is a Matter of Choice
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • March 25, 2019, 08:57
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More than half of South Koreans are in favor of living together without marriage.

A recent survey showed that less than half of South Koreans think marriage is a must and more than half of South Koreans are in favor of living together without marriage.

Only 48.1 percent of South Koreans answered in Statistics Korea’s recent survey that marriage is a must. The ratio fell 20 percentage points in 10 years. On the other hand, the ratio of those who answered that marriage is an option rose from 27.7 percent to 46.4 percent between 2008 and 2018.

In that survey, 36.3 percent and 22.4 percent of unmarried men and women answered that marriage is a must, respectively. 54.8 percent of unmarried men answered that marriage is an option and 67.2 percent of unmarried women gave the same answer.

When it comes to living together without marriage, the ratio of those in favor rose from 48 percent to 56.4 percent between 2016 and last year whereas the ratio of those opposed fell from 52 percent to 43.6 percent during the same period. As for those in their 30s and 40s, the ratio of those in favor amounted to 73 percent to 74 percent in the recent survey.