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Centenarian state pension recipients rise steadily in recent years: gov't data

All Headlines 09:54 March 29, 2018

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) -- The number of recipients of South Korea's state pension who are over 100 years old has risen steadily in recent years as Asia's fourth-largest economy has become an "aged society," government data showed Thursday.

South Korea became an aged society last year as people over 65 made up more than 14 percent of the population.

The number of people over 100 receiving a state pension rose to 85 last year from 29 in 2012, 41 in 2013, 46 in 2014, 54 in 2015 and 67 in 2016, according to statistics by the National Pension Service (NPS).

All of the centenarian recipients received the survivor's pension as their offspring have deceased.

The total for 2017 breaks down by age to 14 males and 71 females.

NPS said that, of the total 4.47 million national pension recipients, 1.74 million were in their 70s, 226,000 were in their 80s and 3,030 were in their 90s.

South Korea has 3,486 people aged over 100 as of Nov. 1, 2016, according to data by Statistics Korea.

The number has increased gradually to 3,000 in 2015 from 961 in 2005.


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