Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 10.3 years longer


In Congo, Republic of the, the average life expectancy is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020. In North Korea, that number is 72 years (68 years for men, 76 years for women) as of 2020.

be 29.2% less likely to be obese


In Congo, Republic of the, 9.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In North Korea, that number is 6.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

be 28.9% less likely to be unemployed


In Congo, Republic of the, 36.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2014. In North Korea, that number is 25.6% as of 2013.

make 75.0% less money


Congo, Republic of the has a GDP per capita of $6,800 as of 2017, while in North Korea, the GDP per capita is $1,700 as of 2015.

Life

be 76.5% less likely to die during childbirth


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 378.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In North Korea, 89.0 women do as of 2017.

be 24.5% more likely to be literate


In Congo, Republic of the, the literacy rate is 80.3% as of 2018. In North Korea, it is 100.0% as of 2015.

be 60.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 50.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In North Korea, on the other hand, 20.0 children do as of 2020.

have 55.5% fewer children


In Congo, Republic of the, there are approximately 32.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In North Korea, there are 14.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.9% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 84% of people have improved drinking water access (98% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017. In North Korea, that number is 94% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 90% in rural areas) as of 2017.

be 54.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Congo, Republic of the, approximately 57% of people have electricity access (74% in urban areas, and 23% in rural areas) as of 2017. In North Korea, that number is 26% of people on average (36% in urban areas, and 11% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 14.8 times more coastline


Congo, Republic of the has a total of 169 km of coastline. In North Korea, that number is 2,495 km.

North Korea: At a glance

North Korea (sometimes abbreviated DPRK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 120,408 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.

How big is North Korea compared to Congo, Republic of the? 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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