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North Korea’s Population Hits 23.6 Million in 2004

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That’s 200,000 people per year since 1996, according to the Chosun Ilbo, quoting the country’s official yearbook.  1996 marked the beginning of the “March of Tribulation (pdf link),” the great famine that lasted until around 2004. Estimates of the numbers killed by the famine vary considerably and the North Korean government has not released any official data, so it’s hard to make judgments. However, in 1992, Eberstat and Banister (see citation below) predicted the population would increase to around 25.5 million by 2000 and would reach 28 million in 2010. Obviously, the current numbers are far off those estimates. 

In case you were curious, here are the CIA’s demography stats:

Population: 23,301,725 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:
0–14 years: 23.3% (male 2,758,826/female 2,679,093)
15–64 years: 68.1% (male 7,852,282/female 8,024,429)
65 years and over: 8.5% (male 709,599/female 1,277,496) (2007 est.t
Population growth rate: 0.78% (2007 est.)
Birth rate: 15.06 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Death rate: 7.21 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15–64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.46 male(s)/female
total population: 0.94 male(s)/female
Infant mortality rate: 22.56 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 71.92 years
male: 69.18 years
female: 74.8 years (2007 est.)
Total fertility rate: 2.05 children born/woman (2007 est.)

For more information, check out the U.S. Library of Congress’s Country Studies series on North Korea.

Eberstat, Nicolas and Judith Banister. 1992. The Population of North Korea. Berkely, Ca: Institute of East Asia Studies


Written by nkmonitor

January 21, 2008 at 1:38 am

Posted in Inside North Korea

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