Koreans' Life Expectancy Rises 9 Years

People around the world are living longer, with the average global life expectancy rising about six years over the last two decades.

Korea saw the largest rise in life expectancy among high-income nations, according to an annual report by the World Health Organization.

Korean women born in 2012 can expect to live to 85, and men to 78. This is up nine and 10 years respectively from those born in 1990.

In comparison, the global average life expectancy for women born in 2012 is just 73, and 68 for men. The figures for North Korea are 73 and 66.

Arirang News / May 19, 2014 11:24 KST