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Compare North Korea and South Korea health profiles including life expectancy history, causes of death and population dynamics side by side. Health Data used is WHO, World Bank and the United Nations for population.
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    LIFE EXPECTANCY HISTORY
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      Male Female All M F All   Male Female All M F All
    1960
    53.8
    57.1
    55.4
    76
    77
    76
     
    52.6
    55.8
    54.2
    81
    82
    82
    1970
    59.5
    64.5
    62.0
    72
    70
    71
     
    58.7
    65.1
    61.8
    80
    68
    73
    1980
    64.6
    71.0
    67.8
    63
    63
    63
     
    61.8
    70.0
    65.8
    80
    69
    76
    1990
    66.5
    73.6
    69.9
    71
    62
    66
     
    67.3
    75.5
    71.3
    59
    41
    49
    2000
    61.1
    69.3
    65.4
    122
    115
    117
     
    72.3
    79.5
    76.0
    38
    27
    33
    2010
    65.4
    72.4
    69.0
    115
    110
    110
     
    77.2
    84.0
    80.7
    24
    8
    15
    2016
    68.2
    75.5
    71.9
    112
    100
    103
     
    79.5
    85.6
    82.7
    19
    4
    9
     
     
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
          World Rank       World Rank
      Male Female M F   Male Female M F
    At Birth
    68.2
    75.5
    112
    100
     
    79.5
    85.6
    19
    4
    Age 5
    69.7
    76.8
    114
    100
     
    79.7
    85.9
    19
    4
    Age 10
    69.8
    77.0
    115
    100
     
    79.8
    85.9
    19
    4
    Age 15
    69.9
    77.1
    116
    99
     
    79.8
    86.0
    19
    4
    Age 20
    70.2
    77.3
    117
    99
     
    79.9
    86.0
    19
    4
    Age 25
    70.5
    77.6
    118
    99
     
    80.0
    86.1
    20
    4
    Age 30
    71.0
    77.9
    120
    99
     
    80.1
    86.2
    20
    4
    Age 35
    71.4
    78.2
    121
    95
     
    80.3
    86.3
    20
    3
    Age 40
    71.8
    78.5
    126
    95
     
    80.5
    86.4
    20
    3
    Age 45
    72.3
    78.9
    135
    97
     
    80.9
    86.6
    19
    3
    Age 50
    72.8
    79.3
    150
    98
     
    81.3
    86.8
    19
    3
    Age 55
    73.5
    79.7
    172
    99
     
    81.9
    87.1
    17
    3
    Age 60
    74.5
    80.5
    178
    100
     
    82.7
    87.4
    17
    4
    Age 65
    76.4
    81.7
    179
    97
     
    83.6
    87.8
    18
    4
    Age 70
    78.9
    83.1
    175
    96
     
    84.6
    88.2
    28
    5
    Age 75
    81.7
    84.7
    172
    100
     
    86.2
    89.2
    27
    5
    Age 80
    85.1
    87.0
    167
    107
     
    88.3
    90.5
    30
    9
    Age 85
    88.9
    90.0
    151
    107
     
    91.0
    92.5
    32
    18
     
     
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Stroke
    177.55
    4
     
    34.98
    155
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    109.84
    103
     
    30.76
    183
    3. Lung Disease
    100.37
    3
     
    10.48
    171
    4. Tuberculosis
    57.08
    28
     
    4.26
    98
    5. Lung Cancers
    48.65
    2
     
    23.65
    43
    6. Influenza and Pneumonia
    22.68
    121
     
    19.84
    131
    7. Hypertension
    20.26
    52
     
    4.32
    158
    8. Road Traffic Accidents
    19.67
    82
     
    9.05
    132
    9. Liver Cancer
    18.14
    12
     
    16.01
    17
    10. Liver Disease
    17.00
    85
     
    8.82
    136
    11. Alzheimers/Dementia
    15.86
    105
     
    13.67
    130
    12. Breast Cancer
    15.72
    104
     
    5.89
    177
    13. Suicide
    14.92
    32
     
    24.21
    10
    14. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.76
    38
     
    11.97
    58
    15. Kidney Disease
    14.51
    91
     
    8.08
    146
    16. Stomach Cancer
    12.40
    31
     
    14.05
    25
    17. Low Birth Weight
    10.30
    70
     
    1.99
    156
    18. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    8.26
    12
     
    0.26
    180
    19. Diabetes Mellitus
    8.13
    162
     
    16.26
    132
    20. Congenital Anomalies
    7.75
    103
     
    1.79
    181
    21. Cervical Cancer
    7.49
    98
     
    2.70
    146
    22. Falls
    6.03
    79
     
    3.26
    132
    23. Asthma
    5.80
    81
     
    2.37
    113
    24. Pancreas Cancer
    5.71
    59
     
    6.62
    44
    25. Other Injuries
    5.57
    133
     
    5.32
    139
    26. Birth Trauma
    5.56
    76
     
    0.35
    174
    27. Drownings
    5.49
    66
     
    1.06
    149
    28. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.33
    37
     
    2.11
    102
    29. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    4.52
    67
     
    0.76
    163
    30. Violence
    4.28
    105
     
    1.75
    144
    31. Ovary Cancer
    3.67
    118
     
    2.53
    161
    32. Diarrhoeal diseases
    3.42
    93
     
    1.26
    137
    33. Leukemia
    3.28
    116
     
    2.64
    137
    34. Inflammatory/Heart
    3.03
    155
     
    1.67
    177
    35. Bladder Cancer
    2.68
    67
     
    1.84
    97
    36. Lymphomas
    2.50
    151
     
    3.54
    127
    37. Drug Use
    2.33
    47
     
    0.21
    178
    38. Poisonings
    2.20
    44
     
    0.41
    133
    39. Uterin Cancer
    2.17
    86
     
    0.71
    171
    40. Endocrine Disorders
    2.15
    159
     
    1.98
    162
    41. Oral Cancer
    1.81
    135
     
    1.50
    152
    42. Epilepsy
    1.80
    88
     
    0.74
    165
    43. Prostate Cancer
    1.70
    179
     
    5.62
    158
    44. Fires
    1.37
    105
     
    0.45
    157
    45. Schizophrenia
    1.20
    2
     
    0.15
    66
    46. Other Neoplasms
    1.17
    154
     
    1.81
    121
    47. Meningitis
    1.14
    94
     
    0.10
    178
    48. Maternal Conditions
    1.12
    93
     
    0.10
    153
    49. Alcohol
    1.11
    120
     
    1.17
    119
    50. Malnutrition
    1.01
    105
     
    0.11
    152
     
     
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
      Deaths %   Deaths %
    1. Stroke
    49,241
    22.51
     
    28,533
    11.65
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    30,572
    13.98
     
    25,047
    10.22
    3. Lung Disease
    28,017
    12.81
     
    8,739
    3.57
    4. Tuberculosis
    15,184
    6.94
     
    3,406
    1.39
    5. Lung Cancers
    13,520
    6.18
     
    19,048
    7.78
    6. Influenza and Pneumonia
    5,736
    2.62
     
    16,514
    6.74
    7. Hypertension
    5,653
    2.58
     
    3,626
    1.48
    8. Road Traffic Accidents
    5,214
    2.38
     
    6,040
    2.47
    9. Liver Cancer
    5,076
    2.32
     
    12,373
    5.05
    10. Liver Disease
    4,710
    2.15
     
    6,500
    2.65
    11. Alzheimers/Dementia
    4,491
    2.05
     
    11,573
    4.72
    12. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    4,123
    1.88
     
    9,555
    3.90
    13. Kidney Disease
    3,988
    1.82
     
    6,582
    2.69
    14. Suicide
    3,981
    1.82
     
    16,078
    6.56
    15. Stomach Cancer
    3,451
    1.58
     
    11,054
    4.51
    16. Breast Cancer
    2,451
    1.12
     
    2,221
    0.91
    17. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    2,275
    1.04
     
    208
    0.08
    18. Diabetes Mellitus
    2,237
    1.02
     
    13,250
    5.41
    19. Low Birth Weight
    2,031
    0.93
     
    514
    0.21
    20. Falls
    1,625
    0.74
     
    2,417
    0.99
    21. Asthma
    1,608
    0.74
     
    1,973
    0.81
    22. Congenital Anomalies
    1,596
    0.73
     
    590
    0.24
    23. Pancreas Cancer
    1,590
    0.73
     
    5,269
    2.15
    24. Oesophagus Cancer
    1,495
    0.68
     
    1,686
    0.69
    25. Other Injuries
    1,438
    0.66
     
    4,183
    1.71
    26. Drownings
    1,296
    0.59
     
    662
    0.27
    27. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    1,250
    0.57
     
    624
    0.25
    28. Cervical Cancer
    1,126
    0.51
     
    1,113
    0.45
    29. Violence
    1,110
    0.51
     
    1,029
    0.42
    30. Birth Trauma
    1,095
    0.50
     
    90
    0.04
    31. Leukemia
    867
    0.40
     
    1,784
    0.73
    32. Inflammatory/Heart
    789
    0.36
     
    1,195
    0.49
    33. Bladder Cancer
    749
    0.34
     
    1,520
    0.62
    34. Diarrhoeal diseases
    715
    0.33
     
    1,023
    0.42
    35. Lymphomas
    687
    0.31
     
    2,732
    1.12
    36. Drug Use
    625
    0.29
     
    148
    0.06
    37. Ovary Cancer
    581
    0.27
     
    1,028
    0.42
    38. Poisonings
    567
    0.26
     
    290
    0.12
    39. Endocrine Disorders
    540
    0.25
     
    1,458
    0.60
    40. Oral Cancer
    512
    0.23
     
    1,159
    0.47
    41. Epilepsy
    447
    0.20
     
    470
    0.19
    42. Fires
    356
    0.16
     
    300
    0.12
    43. Uterin Cancer
    344
    0.16
     
    295
    0.12
    44. Schizophrenia
    332
    0.15
     
    106
    0.04
    45. Other Neoplasms
    324
    0.15
     
    1,420
    0.58
    46. Alcohol
    306
    0.14
     
    833
    0.34
    47. Maternal Conditions
    292
    0.13
     
    55
    0.02
    48. Malnutrition
    270
    0.12
     
    91
    0.04
    49. Meningitis
    266
    0.12
     
    60
    0.02
    50. Hepatitis B
    247
    0.11
     
    1,050
    0.43
     
     
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
      Rate World Rank   Rate World Rank
    1. Lung Cancers
    48.65
    2
     
    23.65
    43
    2. Liver Cancer
    18.14
    12
     
    16.01
    17
    3. Breast Cancer
    15.72
    104
     
    5.89
    177
    4. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.76
    38
     
    11.97
    58
    5. Stomach Cancer
    12.40
    31
     
    14.05
    25
    6. Cervical Cancer
    7.49
    98
     
    2.70
    146
    7. Pancreas Cancer
    5.71
    59
     
    6.62
    44
    8. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.33
    37
     
    2.11
    102
    9. Ovary Cancer
    3.67
    118
     
    2.53
    161
    10. Leukemia
    3.28
    116
     
    2.64
    137
    11. Bladder Cancer
    2.68
    67
     
    1.84
    97
    12. Lymphomas
    2.50
    151
     
    3.54
    127
    13. Uterin Cancer
    2.17
    86
     
    0.71
    171
    14. Oral Cancer
    1.81
    135
     
    1.50
    152
    15. Prostate Cancer
    1.70
    179
     
    5.62
    158
    16. Skin Cancers
    0.77
    140
     
    0.66
    147
     
     
     
    Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
    Data Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
    Age Adjusted Death Rate Estimates: 2017
    Calculations Provided by World Life Expectancy
    Data Accuracy Not Guaranteed
    WHO Excludes Cause of Death Data For the following countries: Andorra, Cook Islands, Dominica, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts, San Marino, Tuvalu.