Economic Trivia

In the agricultural sector, potato production in North Korea is a major activity that provides for food security in the country.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Data unavailable

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Military Products; Machine Building; Electric Power; Chemicals

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $966,341,677 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -1.071% (2012)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $18,034 (2012)
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GDP Country Rank 190/197 (2012)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 1.375% (2012)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 52.1% (2012)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 7.509% (2012)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 6.647% (2011)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($60,301,607) (2011)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 15,831,330 (2022)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 43.507% (2021)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 14.184% (2021)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 42.31% (2021)
Unemployment Rate 2.962% (2022)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $315,037,731 (2011)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $228,030,934 (2011)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 42.132% (2011)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $10,000,000 (2022)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $135,238,325 (2011)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, North Korea’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank