Quality of life comparison
If you lived in North Korea instead of United States, you would:
be 81.2% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In North Korea, that number is 6.8% of people as of 2016.
live 8.7 years less
In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 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.
make 97.2% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in North Korea, the GDP per capita is $1,700 as of 2015.
be 5.8 times more likely to be unemployed
In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In North Korea, that number is 25.6% as of 2013.
have 16.9% more children
In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In North Korea, there are 14.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 4.7 times more likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In North Korea, 89.0 women do as of 2017.
be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.3 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.
be 74.0% less likely to have access to electricity
In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In North Korea, 26% of the population do as of 2017.
see 87.5% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In North Korea, that number is 2,495 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
North Korea: At a glance
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