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North Korea
COUNTRY #1
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Antigua/Bar. Arab Emirates Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia/Herzeg. Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central Africa Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Costa Rica Cote d Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominican Rep. DR Congo Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equ. Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Guinea New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria No Macedonia North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saint Vincent Samoa Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Isl. Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad/Tob. Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe

Compare North Korea and South Africa 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.

South Africa
COUNTRY #2
Afghanistan Albania Algeria Angola Antigua/Bar. Arab Emirates Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia/Herzeg. Botswana Brazil Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Central Africa Chad Chile China Colombia Comoros Congo Costa Rica Cote d Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominican Rep. DR Congo Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equ. Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Fiji Finland France Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Grenada Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia Moldova Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nepal Netherlands New Guinea New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria No Macedonia North Korea Norway Oman Pakistan Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Lucia Saint Vincent Samoa Sao Tome Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Isl. Somalia South Africa South Korea South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad/Tob. Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Uganda Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
DYNAMIC PYRAMIDS
Data Source: United Nations
North Korea Population Pyramid
 
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    LIFE EXPECTANCY HISTORY
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
           
    World Rank
           
    World Rank
      M F All M F All   M F All M F All
    1960
    53.8
    57.1
    55.4
    76
    77
    76
     
    47.4
    51.0
    49.2
    100
    96
    98
    1970
    59.5
    64.5
    62.0
    72
    70
    71
     
    50.4
    55.8
    53.0
    118
    101
    107
    1980
    64.6
    71.0
    67.8
    63
    63
    63
     
    53.9
    60.6
    57.2
    125
    112
    119
    1990
    66.5
    73.6
    69.9
    71
    62
    66
     
    57.9
    65.4
    61.6
    130
    118
    123
    2000
    61.1
    69.3
    65.4
    122
    115
    117
     
    54.6
    60.1
    57.3
    148
    140
    146
    2010
    65.4
    72.4
    69.0
    115
    110
    110
     
    55.5
    60.3
    58.0
    165
    154
    159
    2016
    68.2
    75.5
    71.9
    112
    100
    103
     
    60.2
    67.0
    63.6
    159
    144
    153
    LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
          World Rank       World Rank
      M F M F M F M F
    At Birth
    68.2
    75.5
    112
    100
    60.2
    67.0
    159
    144
    Age 5
    69.7
    76.8
    114
    100
    63.1
    69.7
    172
    151
    Age 10
    69.8
    77.0
    115
    100
    63.4
    69.9
    172
    153
    Age 15
    69.9
    77.1
    116
    99
    63.7
    70.2
    173
    153
    Age 20
    70.2
    77.3
    117
    99
    64.1
    70.5
    175
    155
    Age 25
    70.5
    77.6
    118
    99
    64.6
    71.0
    177
    155
    Age 30
    71.0
    77.9
    120
    99
    65.3
    71.8
    177
    154
    Age 35
    71.4
    78.2
    121
    95
    66.3
    72.8
    177
    153
    Age 40
    71.8
    78.5
    126
    95
    67.6
    74.1
    178
    146
    Age 45
    72.3
    78.9
    135
    97
    69.0
    75.3
    179
    141
    Age 50
    72.8
    79.3
    150
    98
    70.4
    76.4
    179
    133
    Age 55
    73.5
    79.7
    172
    99
    72.1
    77.5
    180
    131
    Age 60
    74.5
    80.5
    178
    100
    74.0
    78.8
    181
    123
    Age 65
    76.4
    81.7
    179
    97
    76.3
    80.4
    180
    117
    Age 70
    78.9
    83.1
    175
    96
    79.0
    82.3
    174
    105
    Age 75
    81.7
    84.7
    172
    100
    82.1
    84.6
    164
    103
    Age 80
    85.1
    87.0
    167
    107
    85.5
    87.2
    141
    100
    Age 85
    88.9
    90.0
    151
    107
    89.2
    90.4
    122
    93
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
    TOP 50 CAUSES OF DEATH Rate World Rank Rate World Rank
    1. Stroke
    177.55
    4
    93.76
    78
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    109.84
    103
    114.02
    95
    3. Lung Disease
    100.37
    3
    44.30
    16
    4. Tuberculosis
    57.08
    28
    59.33
    24
    5. Lung Cancers
    48.65
    2
    20.75
    57
    6. Influenza and Pneumonia
    22.68
    121
    86.33
    46
    7. Hypertension
    20.26
    52
    30.73
    23
    8. Road Traffic Accidents
    19.67
    82
    22.46
    68
    9. Liver Cancer
    18.14
    12
    5.60
    87
    10. Liver Disease
    17.00
    85
    12.56
    106
    11. Alzheimers/Dementia
    15.86
    105
    13.28
    133
    12. Breast Cancer
    15.72
    104
    20.75
    51
    13. Suicide
    14.92
    32
    12.13
    60
    14. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.76
    38
    10.45
    72
    15. Kidney Disease
    14.51
    91
    25.47
    38
    16. Stomach Cancer
    12.40
    31
    4.69
    113
    17. Low Birth Weight
    10.30
    70
    8.45
    82
    18. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    8.26
    12
    3.70
    62
    19. Diabetes Mellitus
    8.13
    162
    86.02
    13
    20. Congenital Anomalies
    7.75
    103
    7.65
    106
    21. Cervical Cancer
    7.49
    98
    20.99
    32
    22. Falls
    6.03
    79
    3.09
    137
    23. Asthma
    5.80
    81
    13.61
    38
    24. Pancreas Cancer
    5.71
    59
    6.04
    51
    25. Other Injuries
    5.57
    133
    6.58
    114
    26. Birth Trauma
    5.56
    76
    4.92
    79
    27. Drownings
    5.49
    66
    3.49
    97
    28. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.33
    37
    10.53
    15
    29. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    4.52
    67
    4.24
    72
    30. Violence
    4.28
    105
    25.69
    14
    31. Ovary Cancer
    3.67
    118
    5.65
    48
    32. Diarrhoeal diseases
    3.42
    93
    29.47
    47
    33. Leukemia
    3.28
    116
    3.76
    101
    34. Inflammatory/Heart
    3.03
    155
    14.65
    12
    35. Bladder Cancer
    2.68
    67
    2.27
    77
    36. Lymphomas
    2.50
    151
    8.06
    15
    37. Drug Use
    2.33
    47
    1.61
    68
    38. Poisonings
    2.20
    44
    1.27
    70
    39. Uterin Cancer
    2.17
    86
    2.31
    82
    40. Endocrine Disorders
    2.15
    159
    11.62
    36
    41. Oral Cancer
    1.81
    135
    3.92
    69
    42. Epilepsy
    1.80
    88
    8.73
    6
    43. Prostate Cancer
    1.70
    179
    35.07
    21
    44. Fires
    1.37
    105
    4.91
    45
    45. Schizophrenia
    1.20
    2
    0.46
    17
    46. Other Neoplasms
    1.17
    154
    2.61
    95
    47. Meningitis
    1.14
    94
    4.79
    49
    48. Maternal Conditions
    1.12
    93
    2.61
    70
    49. Alcohol
    1.11
    120
    1.39
    105
    50. Malnutrition
    1.01
    105
    5.38
    56
    TOTAL DEATHS BY CAUSE
    PERCENT TOP 50 CAUSES
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Deaths % Deaths %
    1. Stroke
    49,241
    22.51
    32,958
    6.57
    2. Coronary Heart Disease
    30,572
    13.98
    40,729
    8.12
    3. Lung Disease
    28,017
    12.81
    15,479
    3.09
    4. Tuberculosis
    15,184
    6.94
    25,264
    5.04
    5. Lung Cancers
    13,520
    6.18
    7,881
    1.57
    6. Influenza and Pneumonia
    5,736
    2.62
    35,331
    7.04
    7. Hypertension
    5,653
    2.58
    10,994
    2.19
    8. Road Traffic Accidents
    5,214
    2.38
    11,632
    2.32
    9. Liver Cancer
    5,076
    2.32
    2,217
    0.44
    10. Liver Disease
    4,710
    2.15
    5,084
    1.01
    11. Alzheimers/Dementia
    4,491
    2.05
    4,435
    0.88
    12. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    4,123
    1.88
    3,930
    0.78
    13. Kidney Disease
    3,988
    1.82
    9,527
    1.90
    14. Suicide
    3,981
    1.82
    5,854
    1.17
    15. Stomach Cancer
    3,451
    1.58
    1,794
    0.36
    16. Breast Cancer
    2,451
    1.12
    4,936
    0.98
    17. Rheumatic Heart Disease
    2,275
    1.04
    1,438
    0.29
    18. Diabetes Mellitus
    2,237
    1.02
    31,831
    6.35
    19. Low Birth Weight
    2,031
    0.93
    5,119
    1.02
    20. Falls
    1,625
    0.74
    1,171
    0.23
    21. Asthma
    1,608
    0.74
    5,188
    1.03
    22. Congenital Anomalies
    1,596
    0.73
    4,379
    0.87
    23. Pancreas Cancer
    1,590
    0.73
    2,256
    0.45
    24. Oesophagus Cancer
    1,495
    0.68
    3,992
    0.80
    25. Other Injuries
    1,438
    0.66
    3,235
    0.65
    26. Drownings
    1,296
    0.59
    1,775
    0.35
    27. Peptic Ulcer Disease
    1,250
    0.57
    1,544
    0.31
    28. Cervical Cancer
    1,126
    0.51
    5,054
    1.01
    29. Violence
    1,110
    0.51
    14,288
    2.85
    30. Birth Trauma
    1,095
    0.50
    2,980
    0.59
    31. Leukemia
    867
    0.40
    1,555
    0.31
    32. Inflammatory/Heart
    789
    0.36
    5,755
    1.15
    33. Bladder Cancer
    749
    0.34
    825
    0.16
    34. Diarrhoeal diseases
    715
    0.33
    12,761
    2.54
    35. Lymphomas
    687
    0.31
    3,508
    0.70
    36. Drug Use
    625
    0.29
    773
    0.15
    37. Ovary Cancer
    581
    0.27
    1,332
    0.27
    38. Poisonings
    567
    0.26
    656
    0.13
    39. Endocrine Disorders
    540
    0.25
    5,210
    1.04
    40. Oral Cancer
    512
    0.23
    1,569
    0.31
    41. Epilepsy
    447
    0.20
    3,982
    0.79
    42. Fires
    356
    0.16
    2,256
    0.45
    43. Uterin Cancer
    344
    0.16
    531
    0.11
    44. Schizophrenia
    332
    0.15
    184
    0.04
    45. Other Neoplasms
    324
    0.15
    1,041
    0.21
    46. Alcohol
    306
    0.14
    593
    0.12
    47. Maternal Conditions
    292
    0.13
    1,483
    0.30
    48. Malnutrition
    270
    0.12
    2,889
    0.58
    49. Meningitis
    266
    0.12
    2,309
    0.46
    50. Hepatitis B
    247
    0.11
    152
    0.03
    CANCER RANK BY TYPE
    AGE-STANDARDIZED DEATH RATE
    PER 100,000 POPULATION
    GOOD
     
     
     
    POOR
      North Korea NORTH KOREA   South Africa SOUTH AFRICA
      Rate World Rank Rate World Rank
    1. Lung Cancers
    48.65
    2
    20.75
    57
    2. Liver Cancer
    18.14
    12
    5.60
    87
    3. Breast Cancer
    15.72
    104
    20.75
    51
    4. Colon-Rectum Cancers
    14.76
    38
    10.45
    72
    5. Stomach Cancer
    12.40
    31
    4.69
    113
    6. Cervical Cancer
    7.49
    98
    20.99
    32
    7. Pancreas Cancer
    5.71
    59
    6.04
    51
    8. Oesophagus Cancer
    5.33
    37
    10.53
    15
    9. Ovary Cancer
    3.67
    118
    5.65
    48
    10. Leukemia
    3.28
    116
    3.76
    101
    11. Bladder Cancer
    2.68
    67
    2.27
    77
    12. Lymphomas
    2.50
    151
    8.06
    15
    13. Uterin Cancer
    2.17
    86
    2.31
    82
    14. Oral Cancer
    1.81
    135
    3.92
    69
    15. Prostate Cancer
    1.70
    179
    35.07
    21
    16. Skin Cancers
    0.77
    140
    4.48
    4
    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.