If you lived in South Korea instead of Democratic Republic of the Congo, you would:

Health

live 21.6 years longer

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, the average life expectancy is 61 years (59 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In South Korea, that number is 83 years (79 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.

be 29.9% less likely to be obese

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, 6.7% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 49.4 times more money

Democratic Republic of the Congo has a GDP per capita of $800 as of 2017, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $39,500 as of 2017.

be 77.1% less likely to live below the poverty line

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, 63.0% live below the poverty line as of 2014. In South Korea, however, that number is 14.4% as of 2016.

Life

be 97.7% less likely to die during childbirth

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 473.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Korea, 11.0 women do as of 2017.

be 27.3% more likely to be literate

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, the literacy rate is 77.0% as of 2016. In South Korea, it is 98.0% as of 2019.

be 95.3% less likely to die during infancy

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 64.5 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In South Korea, on the other hand, 3.0 children do as of 2020.

have 80.0% fewer children

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are approximately 41.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In South Korea, there are 8.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 5.8 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 17% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In South Korea, 100% of the population do as of 2016.

be 11.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 8.6% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In South Korea, about 95.9% do as of 2018.

be 81.2% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, approximately 55% of people have improved drinking water access as of 2017. In South Korea, 100% of people do as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 3.5 times more on education

Democratic Republic of the Congo spends 1.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. South Korea spends 5.3% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 65.2 times more coastline

Democratic Republic of the Congo has a total of 37 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

South Korea: At a glance

South Korea (sometimes abbreviated ROK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 96,920 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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