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South Korea: Age system to be standardised from 2023

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South Koreans are set to become one or even two years younger - at least on official paperwork.

On Thursday, the South Korean parliament passed a law to scrap Korea's two traditional methods of counting age.

From June 2023, the so-called "Korean Age" system will no longer be permitted on official documents.

Only the standardised, internationally recognised method will remain.

The government is fulfilling a campaign promise to reduce confusion by adopting the same system used in the rest of the world.

Currently, the most widely used calculation method in Korea is the so-called "Korean age system", in which a person is one year old at birth and then gains a year on the first day of each new year.


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  • 4 weeks later...

Mr. Daenoin is getting younger!

-2 is a great advantage for me since Korea has age limit for getting a job.


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