South Korea

South Korea : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$524.4 billion (2011 est.)
$422.4 billion (2010 est.)


$556.5 billion (2011 est.)
$464.3 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

4% (2011 est.)
2.9% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

3.4% (2011 est.)
3.7% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$32,100 (2011 est.)
$31,100 (2010 est.)
$29,300 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

6.1% (2010 est.)
0.2% (2009 est.)
2.3% (2008 est.)

Internet users

39.4 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

50.767 million (2009)

Population growth rate

0.204% (2012 est.)


48,860,500 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

An independent Korean state or collection of states has existed almost continuously for several millennia.

Between its initial unification in the 7th century - from three predecessor Korean states - until the 20th century, Korea existed as a single country.

It became a Chinese tributary state in 1392 with the formation of the Choson Dynasty.

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South Korea

Economic overview

Since the 1960s, South Korea has achieved an incredible record of growth and global integration to become a high-tech industrialized economy.

Four decades ago, GDP per capita was comparable with levels in the poorer countries of Africa and Asia.

In 2004, South Korea joined the trillion dollar club of world economies, and currently is among the world's 20 largest economies.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast South Korea February 2015 Updater

Country Forecast South Korea February 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • February 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party will retain her position as president until her term ends in 2017, despite various political scandals, including the response to the sinking of the Sewol ferry ...

  • Countries : South Korea


East Asia and Pacific Report Package

East Asia and Pacific Report Package

  • $ 999
  • Country report
  • February 2015
  • by ISA

The ISA East Asia and Pacific Report Package includes all of ISA's publications for the region, including all Country Reports, Region Reports,Economic Forecasts and Risk Forecasts

  • Countries : Asia, South Korea

PRS Group

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

  • $ 899
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by PRS Group

Country Forecasts is a 480-page perfect-bound volume published in April and October. This publication provides a four-page summary of forecasts and data for each of the 100 countries monitored by Political ...

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Oxford Economics

By Country Industry Forecasts > South Korea

By Country Industry Forecasts > South Korea

  • $ 250
  • Country report
  • December 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Key Features: Broad Country and Industry Coverage. The service covers 68 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, where 85% of world business is conducted. Up to 85 manufacturing ...

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Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

D&B Country Insight Report: The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • January 2015
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country's overall political, economic ...

  • Countries : South Korea

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