Korea is a country where all the world’s major religions, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism and Islam, peacefully coexist with shamanism. Given the great diversity of religious expression, the role of religion in South Korea’s social development has been complex; and some traditions are best understood as important cultural properties rather than as rites of worship.
The Korean people are the most homogeneous people on earth. Although many nations have invaded and occupied Korea, and some have left their genetic marks, for the most part Koreans have maintained their racial purity.
In 2002, the age distribution in South Korea reached the following: 1–14 20 percent, 15–59 68 percent, 60+ 12 percent. Korean government expects the population to stabilize by the year 2023 at around 52.6 million people.
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