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South Koreans Become Younger Under New Age Law

People in South Korea just got younger! 

South Koreans have gained a year or two in age, thanks to a new rule that matches the country’s two traditional age-counting techniques with worldwide standards.


The law abolishes a traditional approach that determined South Koreans were one year old at birth by counting time spent in the womb.

Another counted everyone as aging by a year on January 1st, rather than their birthdays.
On Wednesday, the transition to age-counting based on birth date went into effect. The centuries-old “Korean age” system, in which a person turns one at birth and gains a year on January 1st, was once the most generally used calculation technique in Korea. This means that a kid born on December 31st will be two years old the following day.