December 21, 2015 09:22
South Koreans live about 12 years longer than their compatriots in North Korea, recent figures show.
According to Statistics Korea on Sunday, the life expectancy of South Koreans is 78.2 years for men and 85 for women this year, but in North Korea it is 66 years for men and 72.7 for women.
The difference is due mainly to infant mortality rates. The number of infant deaths in the North is 22 per 1,000 newborns, 7.6 times more than the 2.9 deaths in the South.
Statistics Korea said the rate in the North could fall to 7.1 by 2055, but it would still be larger than South Korea's 0.6 by the same year.
There is also a difference in nutrition. As of 2013, South Koreans consumed 3,056 kcal of food per day, compared to a mere 2,094 kcal in the North.
The figure for the North falls short of both the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's daily recommendation of 2,500 kcal and the global average of 2,870 kcal.
Meanwhile, there were 100.1 men for every 100 women in the South, compared to 95.3 men in the North.
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