Comparing United States to North Korea

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If you moved to North Korea from the United States, you would:


MAKE 96.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA ($1,800.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in North Korea, that number is $1,800.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. North Korea GDP

LIVE 9.8 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA (69.81 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 69.81.
Category: United States vs. North Korea life expectancy

CONSUME 94.2% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA (709 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In North Korea, it is 709 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. North Korea electricity consumption

BE 3.97 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA (24.50 per 1000 infants)
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That's 297.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In North Korea, on the other hand, there are a total of 24.50 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. North Korea infant mortality

HAVE 8.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA (14.51 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In North Korea, however, there are a total of 14.51 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. North Korea birth rate

SEE A 87.5% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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North Korea  NORTH KOREA (2,495km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while North Korea has a total of 2,495 km.
Category: United States vs. North Korea coastline

At a Glance: North Korea

  • Land Area: ~121 thousand sq km (United States is ~82 times bigger than North Korea)
  • Population: ~25 million people (294 million more people live in United States)

How big is North Korea compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of North Korea (120,538 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of North Korea

North Korea (sometimes abbreviated DPRK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 120,538 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored communist control. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic "self-reliance" as a check against outside influence. The DPRK demonized the US as the ultimate threat to its social system through state-funded propaganda, and molded political, economic, and military policies around the core ideological objective of eventual unification of Korea under Pyongyang's control. KIM Il Sung's son, KIM Jong Il, was officially designated as his father's successor in 1980, assuming a growing political and managerial role until the elder KIM's death in 1994. KIM Jong Un was publicly unveiled as his father's successor in September 2010. Following KIM Jong Il's death in December 2011, the regime began to take actions to transfer power to KIM Jong Un and KIM has now assumed many his father's former titles and duties. After decades of economic mismanagement and resource misallocation, the DPRK since the mid-1990s has relied heavily on international aid to feed its population. The DPRK began to ease restrictions to allow semi-private markets, starting in 2002, but then sought to roll back the scale of economic reforms in 2005 and 2009. North Korea's history of regional military provocations; proliferation of military-related items; long-range missile development; WMD programs including tests of nuclear devices in 2006, 2009, and 2013; and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community. The regime in 2013 announced a new policy calling for the simultaneous development of the North's nuclear weapons program and its economy.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).