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This country comparison is a concise, tabular overview of numerous data from our respective country pages for South Korea and North Korea. For further information and explanations, we provide many details per country that go far beyond this comparison. For example, there are separate sub-pages for both countries on climate, energy, refugees, population, health, transport and much more.
In addition, we offer several international comparisons on individual topics, which are also linked on this page.

General information

 South KoreaNorth Korea
Region:East AsiaEast Asia
Area:100,339 km²120,540 km²
Official language:KoreanKorean
Government form:Presidential republicPeople's republic (communist one-party system)
Independent since:1948 AD1948 AD
Capital:SeoulPyongyang

Population

Details for South Korea and North Korea
 South KoreaNorth Korea
Population:51,745,00025,887,000
Inhabitants/km²:515.7214.8
Life expectancy males:Ø 81 yearsØ 69 years
Life expectancy females:Ø 87 yearsØ 76 years
Average age:Ø 43.2 yearsØ 34.6 years
Birthrate:5.30 ‰13.78 ‰
Deathrate:5.90 ‰9.32 ‰
Migrationrate:2.63 ‰-0.04 ‰

Economy

 South KoreaNorth Korea
Currency: won
(1 KRW = 100 Chon)
won
(1 KPW =100 Chon)
Unemployment rate:3.5 %2.6 %
Corruption index:38 (moderate)84 (very bad)

 KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
PRK:
total
per 1000
inh.
Exported goods:771,202 M US$14.90 M US$222 M US$0.01 M US$
Imported goods:698,103 M US$13.49 M US$2,320 M US$0.09 M US$

Infrastructure

Details for South Korea and North Korea
 KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
PRK:
total
per 1000
inh.
Roadways:100,428 km1.94 km25,554 km0.99 km
Railways:4,111 km0.08 km7,435 km0.29 km
Waterways:1,600 km0.03 km2,250 km0.09 km
Harbours:1,9040.03682640.0102
Passenger airports:150.000350.0002

Energy balance

Details for South Korea and North Korea
 KOR:
total
per 1000
inh.
PRK:
total
per 1000
inh.
Energy consumption:507.60 bn kWh9.81 m kWh13.89 bn kWh536,561.82 kWh
Energy production:526.00 bn kWh10.17 m kWh16.57 bn kWh640,088.51 kWh
CO2 emissions:610.79 m t11,803.87 t56.04 m t2,164.79 t

Telecommunication

Details for South Korea and North Korea
 South KoreaNorth Korea
International dialing:+82+850
Internet domain:.kr.kp

 KOR
total
KOR
per 1000
inh.
PRK
total
PRK
per 1000
inh.
Landlines:23,858,2394611,180,00046
Mobile cellulars:70,513,67613636,000,000232
Internet server:315,697680

Healthcare system

Details for South Korea and North Korea
 South KoreaNorth Korea
Hospital beds per 1000 inh.:12.4313.20
Physicians per 1000 inh.:2.373.67
Diabetes:6.9 %6.4 %
Malaria:0.1 %0.4 %
Tuberculosis:0.49 ‰5.23 ‰
Tuberculosis cure rate:82.0 %84.0 %
Smokers:20.8 %17.4 %

Climate

We also provide a more detailed climate comparison of both countries.
The data for each country can be found here: South Korea and North Korea
 South KoreaNorth Korea
Daytime temperatures:18.1 °C15.3 °C
Nighttime temperatures:9.8 °C5.5 °C
Rel. humidity:69 %71 %
Rain days:6.86.0
Sunshine hours per day:6.15.7

Native languages

 South KoreaNorth Korea
Korean:99.9 %99.9 %
Chinese:0.1 %0.1 %

Religions

 South KoreaNorth Korea
Chuch'e:n/a64.3 %
Nondenominational:43.3 %n/a
Christianity:31.6 %1.7 %
Buddhism:24.2 %4.5 %
Shamanism:n/a16.0 %
Cheondogyo:n/a13.5 %
other:0.9 %0.0 %

Data inventory and updates

A country comparison like this can be based on several hundred individual data items from dozens of different sources. All data are based on the most recent data available to us. Most of them refer to the previous year and are updated around March of the following year. If a country has not yet published data for the most recent or penultimate year, we present the most recent official data. Updates are made on an ongoing basis depending on the subject area or source, so there is no single "cutoff date" for this comparison. Sources for almost all data can be found on our respective country pages.