North Korea - Population

North Korea: Population

Mnemonic POP.IPRK
Unit Ths. #
Annual 0.46 %
Data 2021 25,484
2020 25,367

Series Information

Source The Bank of Korea
Release Annual Indicators
Frequency Annual
Start Date 12/31/1990
End Date 12/31/2021

North Korea: Demographics

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Population 2021 25,484 25,367 Ths. # Annual
Net Migration 2017 -10,156 # Annual
Birth Rate 2016 13.83 13.87 # per Ths. pop. Annual
Death Rate 2016 8.84 8.75 # per Ths. pop. Annual

Release Information

The Bank of Korea (BOK) (the central bank of South Korea) publishes an annual report that contains comparative economic statistics for North Korea. Population and output by industry are covered.


  • National accounts framework:
  • Industry classification:
  • Measurements:
    • Billions of South Korea won at chained year-2015 prices (Bil. Ch. 2015 KRW)
    • At current prices (Bil. KRW)
    • Year-over-year percent change 
    • Thousands of persons (Ths. #)
  • Adjustment: Not applicable
  • Native frequency: Annual
  • Start date: Uniformly 1990


  • At 1995 prices - 1990 to 2018

The Bank of Korea (BOK) has been estimating the “Gross Domestic Product of North Korea” annually since 1991, using the basic data on production quantities supplied by relevant institutions.  This estimation project had been undertaken for the purpose of evaluating the North Korean economy from a South Korean perspective and utilizing the estimated data in policy-making.  Therefore, the estimation follows the System of National Accounts (SNA), which is also applied in GDP estimation for South Korea.

GDP at current prices is estimated with the use of South Korean prices, value-added ratios and exchange rate.

The annual growth rate is based on real prices.

Most source data are appropriate for the compilation of national accounts. If necessary, BOK makes some adjustments to inconsistent data.