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The News Minute| August 25, 2014| 11.35 pm IST

The decline in South Korea's fertility rate is so alarming that by 2750, South Koreans will be extinct if the rates are not improved, says a study by the National Assembly Research survey in Seoul.

South Korea's current fertility rate stands at an all time low of 1.19 children per woman in 2013, and this is well below the rate needed to sustain the current population of 50 million. The Telegraph reports that NARS study suggests that the population will shrink to 40 million in 2056 and 10 million in 2136. The last South Korean, the report indicates, will die in 2750, making it the first national group in the world to become extinct.

This of course is only if the fertility rates are not improved. A similar study done by the Pohoku University had said that Japan will go extinct in about 1000 years. 

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