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N. Korea's life expectancy to increase slightly: U.N. report

2016/11/08 11:18

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- A U.N. population organization has forecast a slight increase in the life expectancy for North Koreans this year from the previous year, a U.S. broadcaster, monitored here, reported Tuesday.

In its latest "State of World Population 2016" report, the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) predicted the life expectancies of North Korean males and females born from 2015-2020 at 67 and 75, respectively, the Radio Free Asia (RFA) said.

Comparable figures for males and females born from 2010-2015 were respectively 66 and 73.

The 2016 North Korean figures are still far cries from those of South Koreans -- 80 for male and 86 for female, according to the report.

North Korea's fertility rate is estimated at 1.9 per woman this year, down from 2.0 in the previous years, the report said.

The North's total population was calculated at 25,300,000 this year, up 100,000 from a year before, according to the report.