South Koreans are set to become younger as the country’s traditional way of counting age is scrapped.
Age count to make South Koreans younger
South Korea has passed laws to scrap its traditional method of counting ages and adopt the international standard – a shift which will make its citizens either one or two years younger on official documents.
Koreans are deemed to be a year old when born and a year is added every January 1. This is the age most commonly cited in everyday life.
A separate system also exists for conscription purposes or calculating the legal age to drink alcohol and smoke, in which a person’s age is calculated from zero at birth and a year is added on January 1.
Since the early 1960s, however, South Korea has for medical and legal documents also used the international norm of calculating from zero at birth and adding a year on every birthday.