Democratic People's Republic of Korea Population clock

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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .


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Population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea was estimated to be 25 356 706 people. This is an increase of 0.53 % (133 180 people) compared to population of 25 223 526 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 133 180. Unfortunatelly, we do not have any data related to external migration in 2016. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.964 (964 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016. See also map of the world by sex ratio of total population.

Below are the key figures for Democratic People's Republic of Korea population in 2016:

Democratic People's Republic of Korea population 2017

During 2017 Democratic People's Republic of Korea population is projected to increased by 133 883 people and reach 25 490 589 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 133 883. Because of the lack of official information related to external migration we do not include it to our estimation. Most probably the difference between immigrants and emigrants is not significant and is close to zero. That means the population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea is changing mainly due to the natural reasons only (births and deaths).

Population dynamics in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Democratic People's Republic of Korea population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea will be increased by 367 persons daily in 2017.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea population density

Democratic People's Republic of Korea population density is 210.4 people per square kilometer as of January 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Democratic People's Republic of Korea divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The total area of Democratic People's Republic of Korea is 120 540 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Democratic People's Republic of Korea age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Democratic People's Republic of Korea had the following population age distribution:

22.4 68.6 9.1

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Democratic People's Republic of Korea population pyramid has a stationary type. Countries with such type of pyramid usually have declining birth rate and relatively low death rate. Which is more common for developed countries.

Source: The estimation data for section "Democratic People's Republic of Korea age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Democratic People's Republic of Korea is 45.8 %.

The value of 45.8 % is relatively low. It shows that the dependent part of population is less than a half of the working part. In other words the working population (labor force) in Democratic People's Republic of Korea must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons. And this part of population is less than 50% of working population. The value of less than 50% means that the pressure on productive population in Democratic People's Republic of Korea is relatively low.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Democratic People's Republic of Korea is 32.6 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Democratic People's Republic of Korea is 13.3 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Democratic People's Republic of Korea age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Democratic People's Republic of Korea is 68.9 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 65 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 72.9 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 19 688 779 persons or 100% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Democratic People's Republic of Korea are able to read and write. Accordingly about 197 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 100% (9 418 148 persons). 94 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 100% (10 270 631 persons). 103 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 100% and 100% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 100%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Democratic People's Republic of Korea population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Democratic People's Republic of Korea population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
195110 398 983N/A %
195210 148 761-2.41 %
195310 003 135-1.43 %
19549 964 841-0.38 %
195510 029 7150.65 %
195610 186 4651.56 %
195710 416 6632.26 %
195810 695 6842.68 %
195910 994 5662.79 %
196011 284 6662.64 %
196111 544 8862.31 %
196211 768 6571.94 %
196311 968 5951.70 %
196412 173 9461.72 %
196512 414 9731.98 %
196612 706 1042.34 %
196713 043 2552.65 %
196813 415 2192.85 %
196913 808 8902.93 %
197014 209 7842.90 %
197114 611 3822.83 %
197215 013 4892.75 %
197315 408 8082.63 %
197415 781 5642.42 %
197516 117 4342.13 %
197616 406 8851.80 %
197716 648 9281.48 %
197816 856 2241.25 %
197917 052 4711.16 %
198017 261 7441.23 %
198117 497 7511.37 %
198217 761 2861.51 %
198318 045 5591.60 %
198418 339 9391.63 %
198518 633 0491.60 %
198618 918 5451.53 %
198719 196 7691.47 %
198819 472 5311.44 %
198919 752 9511.44 %
199020 044 8721.48 %
199120 352 2811.53 %
199220 674 1451.58 %
199321 002 1561.59 %
199421 322 3871.52 %
199521 621 1071.40 %
199621 890 0901.24 %
199722 128 6681.09 %
199822 342 9060.97 %
199922 543 3670.90 %
200022 740 9830.88 %
200122 941 8300.88 %
200223 145 7470.89 %
200323 348 6130.88 %
200423 544 2350.84 %
200523 726 3100.77 %
200623 891 6110.70 %
200724 040 9210.62 %
200824 177 8870.57 %
200924 307 8180.54 %
201024 436 1560.53 %
201124 565 9330.53 %
201224 697 3560.53 %
201324 829 5290.54 %
201424 961 2390.53 %
201525 091 0450.52 %
201625 223 5260.53 %
201725 356 7060.53 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.