Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 8.1 years longer

In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In Cyprus, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 3.2 times more likely to be obese

In North Korea, 6.8% of adults are obese. In Cyprus, that number is 21.8% of people.


make 21.8 times more money

North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in Cyprus, the GDP per capita is $37,000.

be 53.9% less likely to be unemployed

In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In Cyprus, that number is 11.8%.


be 91.5% less likely to die during childbirth

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

be 64.3% less likely to die during infancy

In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cyprus, on the other hand, 7.9 children do.

have 22.6% fewer children

In North Korea, there are approximately 14.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Cyprus, there are 11.3 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 Cyprus, 100% of the population do.


see 74.0% less coastline

North Korea has a total of 2,495 km of coastline. In Cyprus, that number is 648 km.

Cyprus: At a glance

Cyprus is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 9,241 sq km. A former British colony, Cyprus became independent in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capital of Nicosia. Despite the deployment of UN peacekeepers in 1964, sporadic intercommunal violence continued forcing most Turkish Cypriots into enclaves throughout the island. In 1974, a Greek Government-sponsored attempt to overthrow the elected president of Cyprus was met by military intervention from Turkey, which soon controlled more than a third of the island. In 1983, the Turkish Cypriot-occupied area declared itself the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" ("TRNC"), but it is recognized only by Turkey. In February 2014, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the leaders of the two communities resumed formal discussions under UN auspices aimed at reuniting the divided island. The talks are ongoing. The entire island entered the EU on 1 May 2004, although the EU acquis - the body of common rights and obligations - applies only to the areas under the internationally recognized government, and is suspended in the areas administered by Turkish Cypriots. However, individual Turkish Cypriots able to document their eligibility for Republic of Cyprus citizenship legally enjoy the same rights accorded to other citizens of European Union states.

How big is Cyprus 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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