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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 2014 updates, 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
    64.1
    69.7
    66.8
    109
    112
    112
     
    72.3
    79.6
    75.9
    40
    30
    36
    2010
    65.4
    72.4
    69.0
    115
    110
    110
     
    77.2
    84.0
    80.7
    24
    8
    15
    2015
    67.0
    74.0
    70.6
    114
    108
    109
     
    78.8
    85.5
    82.3
    20
    4
    11
     
     
    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
    67.0
    74.0
    114
    108
     
    78.8
    85.5
    20
    4
    Age 5
    68.8
    75.7
    117
    110
     
    79.1
    85.7
    20
    4
    Age 10
    69.1
    75.9
    120
    110
     
    79.2
    85.8
    20
    4
    Age 15
    69.2
    76.1
    121
    110
     
    79.2
    85.8
    20
    4
    Age 20
    69.5
    76.3
    121
    109
     
    79.3
    85.8
    20
    4
    Age 25
    69.8
    76.6
    125
    108
     
    79.4
    85.9
    20
    4
    Age 30
    70.2
    76.9
    127
    108
     
    79.6
    86.0
    20
    3
    Age 35
    70.7
    77.2
    130
    107
     
    79.8
    86.2
    20
    3
    Age 40
    71.1
    77.5
    138
    107
     
    80.0
    86.3
    21
    3
    Age 45
    71.6
    77.8
    152
    107
     
    80.3
    86.5
    21
    3
    Age 50
    72.1
    78.2
    165
    107
     
    80.8
    86.7
    21
    4
    Age 55
    72.7
    78.7
    173
    110
     
    81.4
    87.0
    21
    4
    Age 60
    73.9
    79.6
    179
    111
     
    82.2
    87.3
    22
    4
    Age 65
    75.8
    80.8
    181
    110
     
    83.1
    87.7
    28
    5
    Age 70
    78.4
    82.2
    181
    110
     
    84.2
    88.2
    33
    6
    Age 75
    81.1
    83.9
    181
    118
     
    85.8
    89.1
    38
    9
    Age 80
    84.6
    86.3
    173
    128
     
    88.0
    90.4
    43
    13
    Age 85
    88.5
    89.4
    168
    137
     
    90.7
    92.4
    41
    20
    Age 90
    92.7
    93.1
    166
    149
     
    94.1
    95.1
    45
    21
    Age 95
    97.2
    97.3
    134
    152
     
    98.1
    98.6
    35
    27
    Age 100
    101.8
    101.7
    118
    165
     
    102.3
    102.5
    52
    42
     
     
    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
    168.46
    13
     
    39.14
    139
    2. Lung Disease
    103.36
    2
     
    8.65
    153
    3. Coronary Heart Disease
    98.75
    71
     
    26.39
    172
    4. Influenza and Pneumonia
    50.33
    66
     
    16.34
    133
    5. Lung Cancers
    48.00
    3
     
    25.69
    38
    6. Suicide
    37.44
    2
     
    29.34
    3
    7. Liver Disease
    22.90
    57
     
    9.48
    117
    8. Liver Cancer
    17.97
    10
     
    17.87
    11
    9. Kidney Disease
    16.29
    68
     
    7.64
    127
    10. Hypertension
    16.09
    95
     
    8.23
    147
    11. Breast Cancer
    15.68
    94
     
    6.29
    164
    12. Diabetes Mellitus
    15.46
    120
     
    16.01
    115
    13. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.48
    47
     
    13.47
    49
    14. Stomach Cancer
    12.31
    34
     
    15.77
    18
    15. Low Birth Weight
    11.47
    64
     
    2.39
    145
    16. Other Injuries
    10.81
    93
     
    6.55
    131
    17. Road Traffic Accidents
    10.09
    128
     
    11.08
    125
    18. Drownings
    9.90
    18
     
    1.06
    144
    19. Falls
    9.74
    44
     
    3.06
    125
    20. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    9.48
    24
     
    0.28
    168
    21. Congenital Anomalies
    9.45
    61
     
    2.02
    167
    22. Tuberculosis
    8.52
    78
     
    4.15
    94
    23. Cervical Cancer
    7.75
    88
     
    3.00
    132
    24. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    7.70
    34
     
    0.89
    150
    25. Inflammatory/Heart
    6.28
    101
     
    1.79
    168
    26. Pancreas Cancer
    5.65
    54
     
    7.39
    39
    27. Birth Trauma
    5.51
    74
     
    0.41
    165
    28. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.23
    36
     
    2.33
    95
    29. Violence
    5.13
    90
     
    1.10
    147
    30. Asthma
    4.65
    84
     
    2.39
    109
    31. Diarrhoeal diseases
    4.12
    85
     
    1.88
    116
    32. Ovary Cancer
    3.63
    111
     
    2.77
    144
    33. Hepatitis B
    3.22
    33
     
    1.83
    47
    34. Leukemia
    3.22
    108
     
    2.93
    118
    35. Endocrine Disorders
    3.20
    128
     
    2.20
    145
    36. Poisonings
    3.17
    45
     
    0.47
    145
    37. Meningitis
    2.85
    76
     
    0.15
    166
    38. Bladder Cancer
    2.62
    66
     
    2.01
    87
    39. Lymphomas
    2.43
    140
     
    3.88
    109
    40. Alzheimers/Dementia
    2.20
    117
     
    12.32
    27
    41. Uterin Cancer
    2.19
    76
     
    0.83
    157
    42. Drug Use
    2.19
    52
     
    0.24
    143
    43. Fires
    2.12
    89
     
    0.39
    152
    44. Skin Disease
    1.84
    85
     
    0.76
    123
    45. Oral Cancer
    1.77
    135
     
    1.62
    140
    46. Malnutrition
    1.64
    95
     
    0.10
    158
    47. Prostate Cancer
    1.62
    169
     
    6.25
    146
    48. Epilepsy
    1.57
    106
     
    0.67
    161
    49. Schizophrenia
    1.47
    1
     
    0.12
    125
    50. Maternal Conditions
    1.24
    87
     
    0.21
    128
     
     
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
     
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Korea SOUTH KOREA
      Deaths %   Deaths %
    1. Stroke
    44,241
    21.18
     
    27,848
    12.35
    2. Lung Disease
    26,976
    12.92
     
    6,281
    2.79
    3. Coronary Heart Disease
    25,917
    12.41
     
    18,608
    8.25
    4. Lung Cancers
    12,755
    6.11
     
    17,896
    7.94
    5. Influenza and Pneumonia
    12,490
    5.98
     
    11,745
    5.21
    6. Suicide
    9,790
    4.69
     
    18,009
    7.99
    7. Liver Disease
    6,121
    2.93
     
    6,169
    2.74
    8. Liver Cancer
    4,819
    2.31
     
    11,962
    5.31
    9. Kidney Disease
    4,276
    2.05
     
    5,396
    2.39
    10. Hypertension
    4,215
    2.02
     
    6,001
    2.66
    11. Diabetes Mellitus
    4,062
    1.95
     
    11,314
    5.02
    12. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    3,837
    1.84
     
    9,332
    4.14
    13. Stomach Cancer
    3,279
    1.57
     
    10,833
    4.80
    14. Other Injuries
    2,714
    1.30
     
    4,460
    1.98
    15. Road Traffic Accidents
    2,602
    1.25
     
    6,708
    2.98
    16. Falls
    2,513
    1.20
     
    1,955
    0.87
    17. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    2,504
    1.20
     
    193
    0.09
    18. Breast Cancer
    2,339
    1.12
     
    2,136
    0.95
    19. Drownings
    2,328
    1.11
     
    611
    0.27
    20. Tuberculosis
    2,239
    1.07
     
    2,912
    1.29
    21. Low Birth Weight
    2,218
    1.06
     
    617
    0.27
    22. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    2,026
    0.97
     
    635
    0.28
    23. Congenital Anomalies
    1,968
    0.94
     
    605
    0.27
    24. Inflammatory/Heart
    1,607
    0.77
     
    1,171
    0.52
    25. Pancreas Cancer
    1,503
    0.72
     
    5,090
    2.26
    26. Oesophagus Cancer
    1,396
    0.67
     
    1,600
    0.71
    27. Violence
    1,297
    0.62
     
    553
    0.25
    28. Asthma
    1,214
    0.58
     
    1,733
    0.77
    29. Cervical Cancer
    1,118
    0.54
     
    1,122
    0.50
    30. Birth Trauma
    1,065
    0.51
     
    105
    0.05
    31. Hepatitis B
    866
    0.41
     
    1,206
    0.53
    32. Diarrhoeal diseases
    863
    0.41
     
    1,325
    0.59
    33. Leukemia
    831
    0.40
     
    1,808
    0.80
    34. Poisonings
    814
    0.39
     
    297
    0.13
    35. Endocrine Disorders
    799
    0.38
     
    1,426
    0.63
    36. Bladder Cancer
    686
    0.33
     
    1,432
    0.64
    37. Meningitis
    685
    0.33
     
    58
    0.03
    38. Lymphomas
    645
    0.31
     
    2,630
    1.17
    39. Alzheimers/Dementia
    569
    0.27
     
    9,045
    4.01
    40. Drug Use
    565
    0.27
     
    154
    0.07
    41. Ovary Cancer
    551
    0.26
     
    1,002
    0.44
    42. Fires
    536
    0.26
     
    235
    0.10
    43. Oral Cancer
    475
    0.23
     
    1,089
    0.48
    44. Skin Disease
    470
    0.23
     
    542
    0.24
    45. Malnutrition
    412
    0.20
     
    70
    0.03
    46. Schizophrenia
    393
    0.19
     
    79
    0.04
    47. Epilepsy
    388
    0.19
     
    376
    0.17
    48. Uterin Cancer
    333
    0.16
     
    297
    0.13
    49. Maternal Conditions
    320
    0.15
     
    120
    0.05
    50. Other Neoplasms
    300
    0.14
     
    1,359
    0.60
     
     
    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
    48.00
    3
     
    25.69
    38
    2. Liver Cancer
    17.97
    10
     
    17.87
    11
    3. Breast Cancer
    15.68
    94
     
    6.29
    164
    4. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.48
    47
     
    13.47
    49
    5. Stomach Cancer
    12.31
    34
     
    15.77
    18
    6. Cervical Cancer
    7.75
    88
     
    3.00
    132
    7. Pancreas Cancer
    5.65
    54
     
    7.39
    39
    8. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.23
    36
     
    2.33
    95
    9. Ovary Cancer
    3.63
    111
     
    2.77
    144
    10. Leukemia
    3.22
    108
     
    2.93
    118
    11. Bladder Cancer
    2.62
    66
     
    2.01
    87
    12. Lymphomas
    2.43
    140
     
    3.88
    109
    13. Uterin Cancer
    2.19
    76
     
    0.83
    157
    14. Oral Cancer
    1.77
    135
     
    1.62
    140
    15. Prostate Cancer
    1.62
    169
     
    6.25
    146
    16. Skin Cancers
    0.59
    152
     
    0.71
    145
     
     
     
    Data rounded. Decimals affect ranking.
    World Rankings Calculations Are Age Adjusted Death Rates Per 100,000 Population.
    Data Source: Published By WHO 2014
    WHO Excludes Cause of Death Data For the following countries: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome, Seychelles, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.