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International Rankings of Korea South - 2024


SOURCE: 2024 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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This table lists the international rankings of Korea South, in all categories that are published in the CIA World Factbook, and those that we derived from them. Additional international rankings of Korea South, can be found in the main country ranks menu.
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Ranked Data Rank Value Year
Communications
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 9 44 2020
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - total 12 22.327 million 2020
Internet users - percent of population 3 98 % 2021
Internet users - total 22 50.960 million 2021
Telephones - fixed lines - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 15 45 2021
Telephones - fixed lines - total subscriptions 14 22.810 million 2022
Telephones - mobile cellular - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 23 141 2021
Telephones - mobile cellular - total subscriptions 26 72.855 million 2021
Economy
Average household expenditures - on alcohol and tobacco 35 2.7 % of household expenditures 2018
Average household expenditures - on food 76 13.8 % of household expenditures 2018
Budget - expenditures 16 372.412 billion US Dollars 2019
Budget - revenues 16 378.552 billion US Dollars 2019
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) 20 1.4 % of GDP 0
Current account balance 6 88.302 billion US Dollars 2021
Debt - external 30 457.745 billion US Dollars 2019
Exports 10 771.202 billion US Dollars 2021
GDP (official exchange rate) 14 1.647 trillion US Dollars 2019
GDP - composition by end use - exports of goods and services 77 43.1 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - government consumption 82 15.3 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - household consumption 158 48.1 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - imports of goods and services 70 37.7 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in fixed capital 23 31.1 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in inventories 56 0 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - agriculture 129 2.2 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - industry 29 39.3 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - services 111 58.3 % of GDP 2017
Gini Index coefficient - distribution of family income 100 31.4 % 2016
Household income or consumption by percentage share - highest 10% 3 48.5 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 2015
Household income or consumption by percentage share - lowest 10% 6 6.8 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 0
Imports 12 698.103 billion US Dollars 2021
Industrial production growth rate 85 5.09 % 2021
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 119 2.5 % 2021
Labor force 25 28.674 million US Dollars 2021
Population below poverty line 121 14.4 % 2016
Public debt 113 46.43 % of GDP 2020
Real GDP (purchasing power parity) 15 2.289 trillion US Dollars 2021
Real GDP growth rate 109 4.15 % 2021
Real GDP per capita 36 44200 US Dollars 2021
Remittances 134 0.43 2021
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 10 463.281 billion US Dollars 2021
Taxes and other revenues 137 14.86 % of GDP 0
Unemployment rate 175 3.53 % 2021
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - female 182 6.917 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - male 124 8.8 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - total 129 7.8 % 2021
Energy
Carbon dioxide emissions - from coal and metallurgical coke 8 319.383 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from consumed natural gas 16 112.052 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from petroleum and other liquids 12 255.518 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Coal - consumption 8 140.579 million metric tons 2020
Coal - exports 54 16000 metric tons 2020
Coal - imports 4 123.784 million metric tons 2020
Coal - production 22 16.364 million metric tons 2020
Coal - proven reserves 49 326.000 million metric tons 2019
Electricity - consumption 8 531.258 billion kWh 2020
Electricity - exports 98 0 kWh 2020
Electricity - imports 117 0 kWh 2020
Electricity - installed generating capacity 10 135.789 million kWh 2020
Electricity - transmission/distribution losses 22 18.610 billion kWh 2020
Electricity access - electrification - rural areas 87 N/A 2024
Electricity access - electrification - total population 83 N/A 2024
Electricity access - electrification - urban areas 67 N/A 2024
Electricity access - population without electricity 26 N/A 2024
Electricity generation sources - biomass and waste 41 1.7 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - fossil fuels 82 64.8 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - geothermal 17 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - hydroelectricity 125 1.3 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - nuclear 13 27.7 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - solar 38 3.3 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - tide and wave 1 0.7 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - wind 67 0.6 % 2020
Energy consumption per capita 15 242.346 million Btu/person 2019
Natural gas - consumption 15 53.419 billion cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - exports 57 0 cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - imports 8 55.418 billion cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - production 75 240.042 million cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - proven reserves 76 7.079 billion cubic meters 2021
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate exports 73 0 bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate imports 4 3.034 million bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil estimated reserves 90 N/A bbl/day 2024
Petroleum - refined petroleum consumption 9 2.599 million bbl/day 2019
Petroleum - total petroleum production 63 37400 bbl/day 2021
Refined petroleum products - exports 8 1.396 million bbl/day 2017
Refined petroleum products - imports 8 908800 bbl/day 2017
Refined petroleum products - production 8 3.302 million bbl/day 2017
Environment
Air pollutants - carbon dioxide emissions 8 620.3 megatons 2016
Air pollutants - methane emissions 50 30.28 megatons 2020
Air pollutants - particulate matter emissions 64 24.04 micrograms per cubic meter 2019
Land use - agricultural land 152 18.1 2018
Land use - arable land 70 15.3 2018
Land use - forest 21 63.9 2018
Land use - permanent crops 64 2.2 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 156 0.6 2018
Revenue from coal 33 0 % of GDP 2018
Revenue from forest resources 97 0.01 % of GDP 2018
Total renewable water resources 81 69.700 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - agricultural 30 15.960 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - industrial 20 4.450 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - municipal 16 6.672 billion cubic meters 2020
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 151 0.31 2025
Urbanization - urban population 43 81.5 2023
Geography
Area - land 108 96920 sq km 0
Area - total 111 99720 sq km 0
Area - water 21 2.800 million sq km 0
Coastline 55 2413 km 0
Elevation - highest point 213 1950 meters 0
Elevation - lowest point 35 0 meters 0
Elevation - mean elevation 111 282 meters 0
Irrigated land 49 7780 sq km 2012
Land boundaries - total 147 237 km 0
Land use - agricultural land 152 18.1 2018
Land use - arable land 70 15.3 2018
Land use - forest 21 63.9 2018
Land use - permanent crops 64 2.2 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 156 0.6 2018
Military
Military expenditures 22 2.6 % of GDP 2023
Population
Alcohol consumption per capita - beer 87 1.72 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - other alcohols 4 5.66 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - spirits 117 0.22 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - total 45 7.74 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - wine 82 0.15 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Birth rate 155 7 births/1,000 population 2023
Child marriage - men married by age 18 45 N/A 2024
Child marriage - women married by age 15 58 N/A 2024
Child marriage - women married by age 18 82 N/A 2024
Children under the age of 5 years underweight 85 0.9 % 1921
Contraceptive prevalence rate 3 82.3 % 2018
Current health expenditure 37 8.4 % of GDP 2020
Currently married women (ages 15-49) 105 52.9 % 2023
Death rate 55 7.3 deaths/1,000 population 2023
Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio 47 23.3 % 0
Dependency ratios - potential support ratio 112 4.3 % 2021
Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio 163 39.9 % 0
Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio 187 16.6 % 0
Drinking water source - improved 66 N/A % of population 0
Drinking water source - rural 110 N/A % of population 0
Drinking water source - total 101 0.1 % of population 2020
Drinking water source - unimproved 65 N/A % of population 0
Education expenditures 39 4.7 % of GDP 2019
Gross reproduction rate 112 0.54 % 2023
Infant mortality rate - female 211 2.6213 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - male 161 3 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - total 162 2.8 deaths/1,000 live births 2023
Life expectancy at birth - female 34 86.415 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - male 18 80.1 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - total population 11 83.2 years 2023
Literacy - definition 3 N/A 2024
Literacy - female 122 N/A % 0
Literacy - male 100 N/A % 0
Literacy - total population 110 N/A % 0
Maternal mortality ratio 114 8 deaths/100,000 live births 2020
Median age - female 46 46.818 years 0
Median age - male 16 43.5 years 0
Median age - total 16 45 years 2023
Mother's mean age at first birth 2 32.2 2019
Net migration rate 36 2.6 migrant(s)/1,000 population 0
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 137 4.7 % 2016
Physicians density 64 2.48 physicians/1,000 population 2019
Population 27 51.967 million 2023
Population growth rate 134 0.23 % 2023
Sanitation facility access - improved 95 N/A % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - rural 120 N/A % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - total 120 0.1 % of population 2020
Sanitation facility access - unimproved 95 N/A % of population 0
Sex ratio - 0-14 years 11 1.05 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 15-64 years 16 1.07 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 65 years and over 35 0.78 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - at birth 9 1.05 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - total population 18 1.01 male(s)/female 0
Total fertility rate 150 1.11 children born/woman 2023
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 151 0.31 2025
Urbanization - urban population 43 81.5 2023
Transportation
Airports 59 89 2024
Heliports 6 1275 2024
Merchant marine - total 13 2149 2023
National air transport system - annual freight traffic on registered air carriers 6 11.930 billion 2018
National air transport system - annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers 14 88.158 million 2018
National air transport system - inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers 17 424 0
National air transport system - number of registered air carriers 14 14 2020
Railways - narrow gauge 66 N/A 2024
Railways - total 35 3979 km 2016
Roadways - paved 19 92795 km 2016
Roadways - total 30 100428 km 2016
Waterways 50 1600 km 2011

*CALCULATED FIGURES are those that we calculated from data presented by the CIA World Factbook. For example, we calculated population density by dividing the total population by the land area, the electricity consumption per capita by dividing electricity consumption by the total population, etc.

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