South Korea Life Expectancy 1950-2021

NOTE: All 2020 and later data are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Chart and table of South Korea life expectancy from 1950 to 2021. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current life expectancy for South Korea in 2021 is 83.21 years, a 0.18% increase from 2020.
  • The life expectancy for South Korea in 2020 was 83.06 years, a 0.18% increase from 2019.
  • The life expectancy for South Korea in 2019 was 82.92 years, a 0.18% increase from 2018.
  • The life expectancy for South Korea in 2018 was 82.77 years, a 0.36% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

MLA Citation:
Similar Countries Ranked by Life Expectancy
Country Name 2021 Life Expectancy
Hong Kong 85.03
Japan 84.79
Macao 84.42
Switzerland 83.97
Singapore 83.80
Spain 83.74
Italy 83.71
Australia 83.64
Channel Islands 83.30
Iceland 83.22
South Korea 83.21
Israel 83.19
Sweden 83.03
France 82.86
Malta 82.75
Canada 82.66
Norway 82.64
Ireland 82.51
New Zealand 82.50
Netherlands 82.49
Greece 82.47
Luxembourg 82.47
Portugal 82.29
Finland 82.14
Belgium 81.86
Austria 81.77
Germany 81.57
Slovenia 81.54
United Kingdom 81.52
Cyprus 81.21
Denmark 81.11
Taiwan 80.70
Qatar 80.45
Chile 80.43
Puerto Rico 80.35
Guam 80.35
Barbados 79.39
Curacao 79.10
United States 78.99
Poland 78.95
Estonia 78.89
Panama 78.76
Croatia 78.71
UAE 78.18
Oman 78.16
Uruguay 78.13
French Polynesia 77.89
New Caledonia 77.81
Bahrain 77.48
Antigua and Barbuda 77.21
Hungary 77.04
Argentina 76.88
Aruba 76.50
Lithuania 76.11
Kuwait 75.64
Latvia 75.46
Saudi Arabia 75.37
Bahamas 74.06
Trinidad and Tobago 73.67
Seychelles 73.56
South Korea - Historical Life Expectancy Data
Year Life Expectancy Growth Rate
2021 83.21 0.180%
2020 83.06 0.180%
2019 82.92 0.180%
2018 82.77 0.360%
2017 82.47 0.370%
2016 82.17 0.370%
2015 81.87 0.370%
2014 81.57 0.370%
2013 81.27 0.440%
2012 80.91 0.450%
2011 80.55 0.450%
2010 80.19 0.450%
2009 79.83 0.450%
2008 79.47 0.580%
2007 79.01 0.590%
2006 78.55 0.590%
2005 78.09 0.590%
2004 77.63 0.600%
2003 77.17 0.580%
2002 76.73 0.580%
2001 76.28 0.590%
2000 75.84 0.590%
1999 75.39 0.590%
1998 74.95 0.570%
1997 74.53 0.570%
1996 74.11 0.570%
1995 73.68 0.580%
1994 73.26 0.580%
1993 72.84 0.690%
1992 72.34 0.700%
1991 71.84 0.700%
1990 71.34 0.710%
1989 70.84 0.710%
1988 70.34 0.850%
1987 69.75 0.860%
1986 69.16 0.860%
1985 68.56 0.870%
1984 67.97 0.880%
1983 67.38 0.710%
1982 66.90 0.720%
1981 66.43 0.720%
1980 65.95 0.730%
1979 65.48 0.730%
1978 65.00 0.590%
1977 64.62 0.590%
1976 64.24 0.600%
1975 63.86 0.600%
1974 63.48 0.600%
1973 63.10 1.220%
1972 62.34 1.240%
1971 61.58 1.250%
1970 60.81 1.270%
1969 60.05 1.290%
1968 59.29 1.030%
1967 58.68 1.040%
1966 58.08 1.050%
1965 57.47 1.070%
1964 56.87 1.080%
1963 56.26 1.220%
1962 55.58 1.230%
1961 54.90 1.250%
1960 54.23 1.270%
1959 53.55 1.280%
1958 52.87 4.320%
1957 50.68 4.510%
1956 48.49 4.730%
1955 46.31 4.960%
1954 44.12 5.220%
1953 41.93 5.510%
1952 39.74 5.830%
1951 37.55 6.190%
1950 35.37 0.000%