Published : 2013-10-31 13:57
Updated : 2013-10-31 13:57
North Korea‘s population stands at 24.9 million, the 49th-largest in the world, a report by a United Nations fund showed Thursday.
According to “State of World Population 2013” published by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), the North Korean population is expected to grow 0.5 percent in the 2010-15 period.
It said that boys born during this five-year period could expect to live an average of 66 years, while the female life expectancy was estimated at 73 years.
The latest findings also said a woman in the communist country is likely to give birth to two children, smaller than the overall average of 2.5 kids for the 202 countries checked.
The UNFPA said that 16 percent of the North’s population were between the ages of 10 and 19. This is just shy of the global average of 16.7 percent, although it is 3 percentage points higher than the comparable figure for South Korea.
In the number of people in the 10-19 age group, the North ranked 118th, with South Korea trailing far behind at 151st, the report showed.
The report said that despite various deprivations affecting the isolationist country, 100 percent of childbirths were assisted by trained medical personnel such as doctors, nurses and midwives.
The findings, meanwhile, showed the maternal death rate in the country at 81 deaths for every 100,000 births, while infant mortality rate reached 28 for every 1,000 children under the age of 5.
The population fund said it based its report on data provided by various U.N. organizations including the United Nations World Population Prospects.