Sampo generation

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Sampo generation is a South Korean term for the generation that is not marrying or having kids. It is therefore to the Chinese term Leftover man or the Japanese term Herbivore man.

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


Many of the young generation in South Korea have given up those three things because of social pressures and economic 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]

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.[4]

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.[5]
  • 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.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. last=baek|first=Jeongseon|title=Things I wish I had known before debt(빚지기 전에 알았다면 좋았을 것들)|year=2012|publisher=media will|url=
  2. title=[Column] “Hell Joseon” -- a country where sleepless toil brings no mobility |date=October 6, 2015 |publisher=The Hankyoreh |url=}}
  3. last=hwang|first=minsoo|title=Sampo generation(삼포세대)|year=2011|publisher=sangwon|isbn=8996061840|url=
  4. last=Kim|first=Da-Ye|title=New economics of tying the knot|url= Feb 2012|newspaper=The Korea Times
  5. title=Life is too short for an undesirable satori|url=
  6. last=Kim |first=Soonbae |date=2008-12-23 |title=유럽사회 흔드는 '700유로 세대' |trans-title=700 Euro Generation Shakes Europe Society |url= |newspaper=Hangyeorye

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