Source
Central bank

Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

International Reserves

N/A

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

N/A

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

N/A

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017    
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

N/A

GDP per capita - PPP

N/A

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 25.1% 
  • industry: 40.9% 
  • services: 33.9%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: N/A

Moody's: N/A

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated January 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies

N/A

 
 
Source
Current account balance

N/A

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

N/A

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

N/A

Shares in world total merchandising export

N/A

Shares in world total commercial services export

N/A

Total exports

USD 4.2 billion (2015 estimate)

Export commodities

Minerals, metallurgical products, manufactures (including armaments), textiles, agricultural and fishery products

Total imports

USD 4.8 billion (2015 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Petroleum, coking coal, machinery and equipment, textiles, grain

Exports - major partners

China 75.8% (2015)

Imports - major partners

China 76.4%, Republic of the Congo 5.5% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 89 million USD 63 million USD 83 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

N/A

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

N/A

Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: N/A

Subcategories:

Starting a business: N/A

Enforcing Contracts: N/A

Registering Property: N/A

Getting credit: N/A

Protecting investors: N/A

Trading across border: N/A

Paying Taxes: N/A

Dealing with Construction Permits: N/A

Getting Electricity: N/A

Resolving Insolvency: N/A

Global competitiveness ranking

N/A

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 178 / Score: 2.3 (Repressed) (2016)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC+8.5 

Total area

120,538 sq km

Capital

Pyongyang

Currency

North Korean won (KPW)

Government type

Communist state

Languages

Korean

Religions

Traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)

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

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2016* 2021*
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2015
40% 57% 59% 61%
Population median age

33.8 years (2016 estimate)

Population growth rate

0.53% (2016 estimate)

Life expectancy

70.4 years (2016 estimate)

Literacy

Total population: 100%
Male: 100%
Female: 100% (2015 est.)

(age 15 and over can read and write)

% of population living on less than $3.10 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 7
Civil Liberties: 7 (2017)                         

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free rating)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 4.69%   Mobile 12.88% (2015)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

N/A

Mercer Cost of living index

N/A

CO2 emissions

2.0 (2013)