United States compared to South Korea

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If you moved to South Korea from United States, you would..


make 33.9% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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South Korea South Korea ($37,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $37,900.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - GDP Per Capita

live 2.6 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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South Korea South Korea (82.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In South Korea, the average life expectancy is 82.4 years.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Life Expectancy

consume 19.5% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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South Korea South Korea (9,720 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In South Korea, that number is 9,720 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Electricity Consumption

have 32.8% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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South Korea South Korea (8.4 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In South Korea, that number is 8.4 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Birth Rate

be 48.3% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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South Korea South Korea (3 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In South Korea, on the other hand, 3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Infant Mortality

be 14.9% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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South Korea South Korea (4% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In South Korea, that number is 4% of people.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Unemployment

see 87.9% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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South Korea South Korea (2,413 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.
Category: United States vs. South Korea - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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


A brief history of South Korea

South Korea (sometimes abbreviated ROK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 99,720 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside ROK soldiers to defend South Korea from a DPRK invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. A 1953 armistice split the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. PARK Chung-hee took over leadership of the country in a 1961 coup. During his regime, from 1961 to 1979, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 17 times the level of North Korea. South Korea held its first free presidential election under a revised democratic constitution in 1987, with former ROK Army general ROH Tae-woo winning a close race. In 1993, KIM Young-sam (1993-98) became the first civilian president of South Korea's new democratic era. President KIM Dae-jung (1998-2003) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his contributions to South Korean democracy and his "Sunshine" policy of engagement with North Korea. President PARK Geun-hye, daughter of former ROK President PARK Chung-hee, took office in February 2013 and is South Korea's first female leader. South Korea holds a non-permanent seat (2013-14) on the UN Security Council and will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Serious tensions with North Korea have punctuated inter-Korean relations in recent years, including the North's attacks on a South Korean ship and island in 2010, nuclear and missile tests, and its temporary closure of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in 2013.

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