The nation’s birthrate is near the bottom of world rankings. South Korea’s total fertility rate was tallied at one-point-25, the 220th highest among 224 countries around the world.
According to the World Factbook released by the U.S.’ Central Intelligence Agency on Monday, the figure is the lowest among 35 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The ranking indicates that only four countries are behind South Korea in terms of the total fertility rate. Singapore came in last with zero-point-82, followed by Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The total fertility rate refers to the number of children a woman gives birth to during her lifetime.
Among OECD members, Israel posted the highest total fertility rate at two-point-66, which is 73rd highest around the world.
Niger took first with six-point-62. Japan ranked 210th with one-point-41, North Korea 125th and China 182nd.