Population of North Korea

Source UN (World Population Prospects 2019)
Date23 Aug 2021

The current population of North Korea is 25,978,678 as of May 20, 2022, based on interpolation of the latest United Nations data. The population of North Korea is projected at 25,887,041 or 25.887 million as of July 1, 2021. The total population in North Korea is projected at 25,778,816 or 25.779 million people for the year 2020. North Korea ranks number 54th in the world by population in the list of 235 countries/territories. North Korea is ranked 21st among 51 countries in Asia.

North Korea's population peak will be 2038 with 26.87 mn people after North Korea's population will be decreased year by year. The North Korean population will reach 26.65 million in 2030 and decrease further to 26.56 million in 2050 and 22.79 million by 2100. North Korea accounts for 0.33 percent of the world population. However, its global share will decline by 0.39% in 1979 and is projected to decline at 0.21% by 2100. North Korea was at 34th position globally in 1950, and its rank is projected to decline at 75th in 2100.

North Korea was at 34th position globally in 1950, and its rank is projected to decline at 75th in 2100.

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North Korea population projections

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
202025,778,816112,6550.440.33
202125,887,041108,2250.420.33
202225,990,679103,6380.400.33
202326,089,81099,1310.380.32
202426,184,72494,9140.360.32
202526,275,48490,7600.350.32
202626,362,04386,5590.330.32
202726,443,89981,8560.310.32
202826,520,11676,2170.290.32
202926,589,54869,4320.260.31
203026,651,32961,7810.230.31
203126,705,19053,8610.200.31
203226,751,21046,0200.170.31
203326,789,46338,2530.140.31
203426,820,12730,6640.110.30
203526,843,43023,3030.090.30
203626,859,42315,9930.060.30
203726,868,2968,8730.030.30
203826,870,5682,2720.010.30
203926,866,948-3,620-0.010.29
204026,858,033-8,915-0.030.29
204126,844,105-13,928-0.050.29
204226,825,439-18,666-0.070.29
204326,802,601-22,838-0.090.29
204426,776,256-26,345-0.100.28
204526,746,916-29,340-0.110.28
204626,714,944-31,972-0.120.28
204726,680,485-34,459-0.130.28
204826,643,524-36,961-0.140.28
204926,603,926-39,598-0.150.27
205026,561,619-42,307-0.160.27
205126,516,714-44,905-0.170.27
205226,469,409-47,305-0.180.27
205326,419,794-49,615-0.190.27
205426,367,968-51,826-0.200.27
205526,314,042-53,926-0.200.26
205626,258,065-55,977-0.210.26
205726,200,151-57,914-0.220.26
205826,140,334-59,817-0.230.26
205926,078,655-61,679-0.240.26
206026,015,181-63,474-0.240.26
206125,949,985-65,196-0.250.25
206225,883,158-66,827-0.260.25
206325,814,738-68,420-0.260.25
206425,744,756-69,982-0.270.25
206525,673,261-71,495-0.280.25
206625,600,322-72,939-0.280.25
206725,526,063-74,259-0.290.25
206825,450,651-75,412-0.300.24
206925,374,294-76,357-0.300.24
207025,297,149-77,145-0.300.24
207125,219,303-77,846-0.310.24
207225,140,838-78,465-0.310.24
207325,061,939-78,899-0.310.24
207424,982,803-79,136-0.320.24
207524,903,578-79,225-0.320.24
207624,824,366-79,212-0.320.23
207724,745,153-79,213-0.320.23
207824,665,840-79,313-0.320.23
207924,586,289-79,551-0.320.23
208024,506,351-79,938-0.330.23
208124,425,987-80,364-0.330.23
208224,345,233-80,754-0.330.23
208324,264,089-81,144-0.330.23
208424,182,604-81,485-0.340.23
208524,100,769-81,835-0.340.22
208624,018,608-82,161-0.340.22
208723,936,039-82,569-0.340.22
208823,852,915-83,124-0.350.22
208923,768,994-83,921-0.350.22
209023,684,126-84,868-0.360.22
209123,598,266-85,860-0.360.22
209223,511,455-86,811-0.370.22
209323,423,774-87,681-0.370.22
209423,335,354-88,420-0.380.22
209523,246,291-89,063-0.380.21
209623,156,662-89,629-0.390.21
209723,066,506-90,156-0.390.21
209822,975,841-90,665-0.390.21
209922,884,632-91,209-0.400.21
210022,792,829-91,803-0.400.21

North Korea population estimates

Year Population Growth Share (%)
Net Changerate (%)to World
195010,549,472--0.42
195110,248,496-300,976-2.850.40
195210,049,029-199,467-1.950.38
19539,957,242-91,787-0.910.37
19549,972,43615,1940.150.37
195510,086,991114,5551.150.36
195610,285,940198,9491.970.36
195710,547,389261,4492.540.37
195810,843,979296,5902.810.37
195911,145,152301,1732.780.37
196011,424,176279,0242.500.38
196111,665,595241,4192.110.38
196211,871,712206,1171.770.38
196312,065,468193,7561.630.38
196412,282,419216,9511.800.38
196512,547,525265,1062.160.38
196612,864,954317,4292.530.38
196713,222,694357,7402.780.38
196813,609,982387,2882.930.38
196914,010,339400,3572.940.39
197014,410,400400,0612.860.39
197114,809,521399,1212.770.39
197215,207,771398,2502.690.39
197315,593,351385,5802.540.40
197415,952,078358,7272.300.40
197516,274,740322,6622.020.40
197616,554,746280,0061.720.40
197716,796,578241,8321.460.40
197817,015,983219,4051.310.40
197917,235,666219,6831.290.39
198017,472,140236,4741.370.39
198117,731,230259,0901.480.39
198218,008,564277,3341.560.39
198318,298,214289,6501.610.39
198418,590,138291,9241.600.39
198518,877,238287,1001.540.39
198619,156,795279,5571.480.39
198719,431,986275,1911.440.38
198819,708,323276,3371.420.38
198919,993,755285,4321.450.38
199020,293,054299,2991.500.38
199120,609,150316,0961.560.38
199220,937,404328,2541.590.38
199321,265,834328,4301.570.38
199421,577,982312,1481.470.38
199521,862,299284,3171.320.38
199622,113,438251,1391.150.38
199722,335,267221,8291.000.38
199822,536,753201,4860.900.38
199922,731,482194,7290.860.37
200022,929,075197,5930.870.37
200123,132,980203,9050.890.37
200223,339,453206,4730.890.37
200323,542,426202,9730.870.37
200423,732,731190,3050.810.37
200523,904,167171,4360.720.37
200624,054,864150,6970.630.36
200724,188,331133,4670.550.36
200824,310,142121,8110.500.36
200924,428,341118,1990.490.36
201024,548,836120,4950.490.35
201124,673,395124,5590.510.35
201224,800,645127,2500.520.35
201324,929,497128,8520.520.35
201425,057,790128,2930.510.34
201525,183,833126,0430.500.34
201625,307,665123,8320.490.34
201725,429,825122,1600.480.34
201825,549,604119,7790.470.33
201925,666,161116,5570.460.33