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Korea, North


    • Population:
      23,486,550 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        30% (female 3,402,672; male 3,540,313)

        15-64 years:
        66% (female 7,840,465; male 7,741,155)

        65 years and over:
        4% (female 622,250; male 339,695) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      1.78% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      23.31 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      5.47 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      26.8 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        70.05 years

        male:
        66.96 years

        female:
        73.29 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      2.34 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Korean(s)

        adjective:
        Korean

    • Ethnic divisions:
      racially homogeneous

    • Religions:
      Buddhism and Confucianism, some Christianity and syncretic Chondogyo

        note:
        autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom

    • Languages:
      Korean

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write Korean (1990 est.)

        total population:
        99%

        male:
        99%

        female:
        99%

    • Labor force:
      9.615 million

        by occupation:
        agricultural 36%, nonagricultural 64%

        note:
        shortage of skilled and unskilled labor (mid-1987 est.)






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