South Koreans are getting a year younger, according to parliament In a country that uses different age-counting systems, South Koreans will change to an internationally recognized style. They could lose one or two years when the change goes into effect in June.

South Koreans are getting a year younger, parliament rules

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1141524578/1141828957" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. South Korea seems to have discovered the fountain of youth. OK, not really. But their citizens are officially becoming younger. The country passed laws yesterday to change the way South Korea counts ages to match the international standard. Traditionally, Koreans were counted as being one year old when they were born and had a year added on every January 1. The change will now make all South Koreans at least one year younger on their official documents. It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2022 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.