S.Koreans Earn 18 Times More Than N.Koreans

South Korea's gross national income amounted to W1,279.5 trillion last year, 38.2 times more than North Korea's paltry W33.48 trillion, Statistics Korea said Monday (US$1=W1,061).

Per-capita GNI in South Korea was 18.7 times more than in the North, with W25.59 million to just W1.37 million.

The combined population of the two Koreas stands at 74.43 million -- 50 million in the South and 24.43 million in the North.

South Korea produced 46.86 million tons of cement compared to 6.45 million tons in the North, but the communist state extracted 25.8 million tons of coal compared to the South's 2.09 million tons.

South Korea's trade volume of US$1.07 trillion was 157 times bigger than North Korea's $6.8 billion.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 24, 2013 10:54 KST