Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Canada instead of North Korea, you would:


live 11.2 years longer

In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Canada, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 4.3 times more likely to be obese

In North Korea, 6.8% of adults are obese. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people.


make 28.4 times more money

North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,300.

be 74.6% less likely to be unemployed

In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 6.5%.


be 91.5% less likely to die during childbirth

In North Korea, approximately 82.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Canada, 7.0 women do.

be 79.6% less likely to die during infancy

In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.5 children do.

have 29.5% fewer children

In North Korea, there are approximately 14.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Canada, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In North Korea, 30% of the population has electricity access. In Canada, 100% of the population do.


see 81.0 times more coastline

North Korea has a total of 2,495 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.

Canada: At a glance

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

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

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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