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Male to female ratio in South Korea 2006-2060

As of 2019, there were around 100.5 males for every 100 females in South Korea. This gender ratio was not projected to change significantly by 2060. Although the sex ratio is almost equal, South Korea has struggled to achieve economic and political equality, with the country consistently ranked amongst the worst in terms of gender equality in the world. Fortunately, parity in education attainment and healthcare in the country have improved over the years compared to world standings.

Economic and political disparity

While employment opportunities for women in South Korea has improved, they still tend to occupy low-paying jobs and are less likely to advance to higher management roles compared to men. In 2017, women still earned significantly less than men, making the country’s gender pay gap the highest in the OECD. The average monthly salary of South Korean men was over 35 percent higher than women in the same year.

Despite adopting a legal gender quota for female politicians, many South Koreans believe not enough has been done to achieve gender equality in government and politics. Currently, only 17 percent of the National Assembly are women, a percentage that many believe does not provide equal political representation for women.

Future outlook

In a recent survey among South Koreans, almost 70 percent of women agreed that achieving gender equality was important for them personally. However, only just over half of men shared the same sentiment. This indicates that there is still room for improvement and development if South Korea wants to become a nation that provides equal opportunities for both men and women in all aspects of society.

Male to female ratio in South Korea from 2006 to 2019, with projections to 2060

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Release date

July 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Projected.
The source does not provide an exact publication date. Date given here is the date of data access.

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