Sampo generation

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Name Meaning No. item
Sampo sedae Three giving-up generation 1 Courtship
2 Marriage
3 Childbirth
Opo sedae Five giving-up generation 4 Employment
5 Home ownership
Chilpo sedae Seven giving-up generation 6 Interpersonal relationships
7 Hope
Gupo sedae Nine giving-up generation 8 Health
9 Physical appearance
Sippo sedae

Wanpo sedae

Ten giving-up generation

Complete giving-up generation

10 Life

Sampo Generation (Korean삼포세대; Hanja三抛世代; RRsamposedae, "Three giving-up generation") is a neologism in South Korea referring to a generation that gives up courtship, marriage, and having kids. Many of the young generation in South Korea have given up those three things because of social pressures and economical problems such as increasing cost-of-living, tuition payments, and affordable housing scarcity.[1] There is also the opo sedae, or "five giving-up generation", which takes the same three and adds employment and home ownership. The chilpo sedae ("seven giving-up generation") further includes interpersonal relationships and hope, while the gupo sedae ("nine giving-up generation") extends to physical health and appearance. Finally, the sippo sedae ("ten giving-up generation") or wanpo sedae ("total giving-up generation") culminates in giving up life. [2] The Sampo generation is similar to the Satori generation in Japan,[3] and generally overlaps in age with Western millennials.

The origin of the word[edit]

This term was used by the special reports team of Kyunghyang Shinmun in the publication "Talking About the Welfare State" (복지국가를 말한다).[4] They defined this group as the rising generation which had unstable jobs, high student loan payments, precarious preparation for employment, etc., and who postponed love, marriage, and childbirth without any prospective plan.[5] This word and its definition started rapidly to spread through various media and the internet. The burden of starting a family in South Korea reached the limit because the family has been taking over welfare duties that South Korea's government is not willing to provide or accept responsibility for. Eventually the Sampo generation showed that the structure of the traditional family unit was disintegrating at an alarming rate.

New economics of marriage[edit]

Regarding this term, Korean marriage trends are changing. According to marriage consultancy Duo, over 34 percent of 1,446 women surveyed prioritized financial capability and job in choosing a future husband, followed by 30 percent putting greatest importance on personality and 9 percent on looks. In modern society, singledom has arguably become a greater problem than unemployment, not because people have failed to meet the right one, but because they lack the economic power to marry and start their own families.[6]


Reason to be Sampo Generation in South Korea[edit]

Reason to be Sampo Generation[7]
There's no money to save
It's difficult even though he/she has money
It's hard to get a job
Take-home pay is low
Personal debt is high

And also, With the exception of a group of owners who would not give up anything, four types of abandonment were found, with uncertainty of the order of 27.36% of the total samples, 19.92% of the actualist, 13.24% of the self-absorbed type and 8.70% of the suspended type.

Similar issues in other countries[edit]

  • In the United States, many Millennials and late Generation X also belong to the Boomerang Generation which live with their parents after they would normally be considered old enough to live on their own. This social phenomenon is mainly caused by high unemployment rates coupled with various economic downturns, and in turn, many Boomerang children postpone romance and marriage due to economic hardship.
  • In Japan, the generation of youths currently in the 10 to 20s range is called the "Satori generation". They are similar to the "Sampo Generation". Typically, they are not interested in luxury items, trips abroad, money, and successful careers.[8] They may belong to the NEET and freeter groups.
  • In Europe, there are several terms and groups comparable to the "Sampo generation". In Greece, they are called the 700 euro generation. These youngsters often work at temporary jobs and receive the minimum allowable salary of 700 euros a month. The term began to appear in 2008.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ baek, Jeongseon (2012). Things I wish I had known before debt(빚지기 전에 알았다면 좋았을 것들). media will.
  2. ^ "[Column] "Hell Joseon" -- a country where sleepless toil brings no mobility". The Hankyoreh. October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ hwang, minsoo (2011). Sampo generation(삼포세대). sangwon. ISBN 8996061840.
  4. ^ "볼보, 대량해고에도 파업은 없었다". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  5. ^ "취업준비생 이별 이유 1위…삼포세대의 비극" [The best reason for breakup of young applicant...tragedy of Sampo Generation]. Segye Ilbo. 2013-06-19.
  6. ^ Kim, Da-Ye. "New economics of tying the knot". The Korea Times. Retrieved 5 Feb 2012.
  7. ^ Park, Hyejeong (2012-02-01). "20's and 30's, four in every 10 people "I'm a Sampo Generation (20~30대 10명중 4명 "나는 삼포세대")". asia economy.
  8. ^ "Life is too short for an undesirable satori".
  9. ^ Kim, Soonbae (2008-12-23). "유럽사회 흔드는 '700유로 세대'" [700 Euro Generation Shakes Europe Society]. Hangyeorye.

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