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N. Koreans' life expectancy ranks 151st in world: CIA data
SEOUL, Feb. 23 (Yonhap) -- The average North Korean can expect to live 69.2 years, placing the nation 151st in the world in terms of life expectancy, recent U.S. government data showed.

   The typical North Korean male born this year is expected to live 65.34 years, while the average female can expect to live 73.24 years, according to the data posted on the online World Factbook of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The information was last updated on Feb. 8.

   The figures were a slight improvement from last year, when the CIA expected the average North Korean to live 68.9 years. Males were expected to live 65 years, while females were expected live 72.9 years.

   Life expectancy is a measure of the average life span of a baby born this year.

   By ranking, North Korea came in 151st among the 221 countries for which data was available, down two notches from last year.

   In similar findings earlier this month, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific projected the life span of a typical North Korean male at 66 years, and that of the average female at 72 years.

   hague@yna.co.kr
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