North Korea’s Infant Mortality Reaches 21 for Every Thousand

[imText1]North Korea’s infant mortality reaches 21 for every 1000 due to the country’s poor medical system.

A non-profit demographic institute Population Research Bureau (PRB) reported on Thursday that, as of mid-2006, North Korea’s population is approximately 23.1 million and it is expected to increase to 25.8 million in 2025 and 26.4 million, an increase of 14% from now, in 2050.

North Korea’s birth rate is 16 per 1000 people and death rate is 7 for every thousand, and the natural population increase is 0.9%.

North Korea’s infant mortality (21 for every 1000), which is far higher than that of South Korea (5 for every 1000), implies the North’s weak health care system. The average life expectancy is 71 years, 68 for men and 73 for women. Urban population rate is 60 percent.

According to the report, this year’s world population is 6.55 billion and expected to reach 7.94 billion in 2025 and 9.24 billion, 41 percent more than now, in 2050.

Meanwhile, the primary reason for North Korean infants’ death is respiratory infection and diarrhea. And a third of total North Korean infants are suffering serious malnutrition.