Find UNdata on Facebook Follow UNdata on Twitter Please send us your feedback

Countries and areas

Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Brazil British Virgin Islands Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cabo Verde Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China China, Hong Kong SAR China, Macao SAR Colombia Comoros Congo Cook Islands Costa Rica Côte d'Ivoire Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Democratic People's Republic of Korea Democratic Republic of the Congo Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Faeroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq Ireland Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People's Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mexico Micronesia (Federated States of) Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Republic of Korea Republic of Moldova Réunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka State of Palestine Sudan Suriname Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Tajikistan Thailand The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Timor-Leste Togo Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United Republic of Tanzania United States of America United States Virgin Islands Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) Viet Nam Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe
Summary statistics
Region Eastern Asia  
Currency South Korean Won (KRW)  
Surface area (square kilometres) 100148  
Population in 2012 (estimated, 000) 49003  
Population density in 2012 (per square kilometre) 489.3  
Capital city and population in 2011 (000) Seoul (9736)  
United Nations membership date 17 September 1991  
Economic indicators
GDP: Gross domestic product (million current US$) 2012 1129598  
GDP: Gross domestic product (million current US$) 2010 1014890  
GDP: Gross domestic product (million current US$) 2005 844866  
GDP: Growth rate at constant 2005 prices (annual %) 2012 2.0  
GDP: Growth rate at constant 2005 prices (annual %) 2010 6.3  
GDP: Growth rate at constant 2005 prices (annual %) 2005 4.0  
GDP per capita (current US$) 2012 23051.8  
GDP per capita (current US$) 2010 20945.5  
GDP per capita (current US$) 2005 17963.2  
GNI: Gross national income per capita (current US$) 2012 23180.2  
GNI: Gross national income per capita (current US$) 2010 20971.9  
GNI: Gross national income per capita (current US$) 2005 17946.3  
Gross fixed capital formation (% of GDP) 2012 26.7  
Gross fixed capital formation (% of GDP) 2010 28.1  
Gross fixed capital formation (% of GDP) 2005 28.9  
Exchange rates (national currency per US$) 2012 1070.60 Market rate.  
Exchange rates (national currency per US$) 2010 1134.80 Market rate.  
Exchange rates (national currency per US$) 2005 1011.60 Market rate.  
Balance of payments, current account (million US$) 2012 43335  
Balance of payments, current account (million US$) 2010 29394  
Balance of payments, current account (million US$) 2005 18607  
CPI: Consumer price index (2000=100) 2012 123 Index base 2005=100.  
CPI: Consumer price index (2000=100) 2010 116 Index base 2005=100.  
CPI: Consumer price index (2000=100) 2005 100 Index base 2005=100. Series replacing former series.  
Industrial production index (2005=100) 2012 149  
Industrial production index (2005=100) 2010 139  
Industrial production index (2005=100) 2005 100  
Agricultural production index (2004-2006=100) 2012 103  
Agricultural production index (2004-2006=100) 2010 102  
Agricultural production index (2004-2006=100) 2005 100  
Food production index (2004-2006=100) 2012 103  
Food production index (2004-2006=100) 2010 102  
Food production index (2004-2006=100) 2005 100  
Unemployment (% of labour force) 2012 3.2  
Unemployment (% of labour force) 2010 3.7  
Unemployment (% of labour force) 2005 3.7  
Employment in industrial sector (% of employed) 2012 ... The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Employment in industrial sector (% of employed) 2010 17.0 The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Employment in industrial sector (% of employed) 2005 26.8 The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Employment in agricultural sector (% of employed) 2012 ... The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Employment in agricultural sector (% of employed) 2010 6.6 The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Employment in agricultural sector (% of employed) 2005 7.9 The indices are shown in terms of ISIC Rev.3.  
Labour force participation, adult female pop. (%) 2012 49.9  
Labour force participation, adult female pop. (%) 2010 49.3  
Labour force participation, adult female pop. (%) 2005 50.0  
Labour force participation, adult male pop. (%) 2012 72.0  
Labour force participation, adult male pop. (%) 2010 71.7  
Labour force participation, adult male pop. (%) 2005 73.4  
Tourist arrivals at national borders (000) 2012 11140 Arrivals of non-resident visitors at national borders. Includes nationals residing abroad and crew members.  
Tourist arrivals at national borders (000) 2010 8798 Arrivals of non-resident visitors at national borders. Includes nationals residing abroad and crew members.  
Tourist arrivals at national borders (000) 2005 6023 Arrivals of non-resident visitors at national borders. Includes nationals residing abroad and crew members.  
Energy production, primary (000 mt oil equivalent) 2012 ...  
Energy production, primary (000 mt oil equivalent) 2010 15718  
Energy production, primary (000 mt oil equivalent) 2005 14848  
Mobile-cellular subscriptions (per 100 inhabitants) 2012 110.4  
Mobile-cellular subscriptions (per 100 inhabitants) 2010 105.4  
Mobile-cellular subscriptions (per 100 inhabitants) 2005 81.5  
Individuals using the Internet (%) 2012 84.1 Age group 3 years and over.  
Individuals using the Internet (%) 2010 83.7 Age group 3 years and over.  
Individuals using the Internet (%) 2005 73.5 Age group 3 years and over.  
Exports (million US$) 2012 547854.4  
Imports (million US$) 2012 519575.6  
Balance (million US$) 2012 28278.8  
Major trading partners (% of exports) 2012 China (24.5), United States (10.7), Japan (7.1)  
Major trading partners (% of imports) 2012 China (15.5), Japan (12.4), United States (8.4)  
Social indicators
Population growth rate (average annual %) 2010-2015 0.5  
Urban population growth rate (average annual %) 2010-2015 0.7  
Rural population growth rate (average annual %) 2010-2015 -1.3  
Urban population (%) 2013 83.8  
Population aged 0-14 years (%) 2013 14.9  
Population aged 60+ years (females and males, % of total) 2013 19.3/14.9  
Sex ratio (males per 100 females) 2013 98.9  
Life expectancy at birth (females and males, years) 2010-2015 84.6/77.9  
Infant mortality rate (per 1 000 live births) 2010-2015 3.4  
Fertility rate, total (live births per woman) 2010-2015 1.3  
Contraceptive prevalence (ages 15-49, %) 2006-2012 80.0 Age group 15 to 44 years.  
International migrant stock (000 and % of total population) mid-2013 1232.2/2.5 Data refer to foreign citizens.  
Refugees and others of concern to UNHCR mid-2013 2506  
Education: Government expenditure (% of GDP) 2006-2012 5.1  
Education: Primary-secondary gross enrolment ratio (f/m per 100) 2006-2012 99.1/100.4  
Education: Female third-level students (% of total) 2006-2012 39.6  
Intentional homicides (females and males, per 100 000) 2008-2010 2.3/2.2  
Seats held by women in national parliaments (%) 2014 15.7  
Environment
Threatened species 2013 69  
Forested area (% of land area) 2011 64.0  
CO2 emission estimates (000 metric tons and metric tons per capita) 2010 567103/11.8  
Energy consumption per capita (kilograms oil equivalent) 2010 3809.0  
Precipitation in the capital city, total mean (millimetres) 1344 Based on monthly averages for the period 1971-2000.  
Temperature in the capital city, mean °C (minimum and maximum) 8.2/16.9 Based on monthly averages for the period 1971-2000.  
Copyright © 2014 - Conditions of Use
United Nations Statistics Division
Version v0.14.6 Beta