South Korea Population 1950-2021

Chart and table of South Korea population from 1950 to 2021. United Nations projections are also included through the year 2100.
  • The current population of South Korea in 2021 is 51,305,186, a 0.07% increase from 2020.
  • The population of South Korea in 2020 was 51,269,185, a 0.09% increase from 2019.
  • The population of South Korea in 2019 was 51,225,308, a 0.1% increase from 2018.
  • The population of South Korea in 2018 was 51,171,706, a 0.15% increase from 2017.
Data Source: United Nations - World Population Prospects

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Similar Countries Ranked by Population
Country Name 2021 Population
United States 332,915,073
Japan 126,050,804
Germany 83,900,473
United Kingdom 68,207,116
France 65,426,179
Italy 60,367,477
South Korea 51,305,186
Spain 46,745,216
Argentina 45,605,826
Canada 38,067,903
Poland 37,797,005
Saudi Arabia 35,340,683
Australia 25,788,215
Taiwan 23,855,010
Chile 19,212,361
Netherlands 17,173,099
Belgium 11,632,326
Greece 10,370,744
Portugal 10,167,925
Sweden 10,160,169
UAE 9,991,089
Hungary 9,634,164
Austria 9,043,070
Israel 8,789,774
Switzerland 8,715,494
Hong Kong 7,552,810
Singapore 5,896,686
Denmark 5,813,298
Finland 5,548,360
Norway 5,465,630
Oman 5,223,375
Ireland 4,982,907
New Zealand 4,860,643
Panama 4,381,579
Kuwait 4,328,550
Croatia 4,081,651
Uruguay 3,485,151
Qatar 2,930,528
Puerto Rico 2,828,255
Lithuania 2,689,862
Slovenia 2,078,724
Latvia 1,866,942
Bahrain 1,748,296
Trinidad and Tobago 1,403,375
Estonia 1,325,185
Cyprus 1,215,584
Macao 658,394
Luxembourg 634,814
Malta 442,784
Bahamas 396,913
Iceland 343,353
New Caledonia 288,218
Barbados 287,711
French Polynesia 282,530
Channel Islands 175,245
Guam 170,179
Curacao 164,798
Aruba 107,204
Seychelles 98,908
Antigua and Barbuda 98,731
Isle of Man 85,410
Andorra 77,355
Cayman Islands 66,497
Bermuda 62,090
Northern Mariana Islands 57,917
Greenland 56,877
Faroe Islands 49,049
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 43,412
Monaco 39,511
Turks and Caicos Islands 39,231
Liechtenstein 38,250
San Marino 34,017
Gibraltar 33,698
British Virgin Islands 30,421
Palau 18,169
South Korea - Historical Population Data
Year Population Growth Rate
2021 51,305,186 0.07%
2020 51,269,185 0.09%
2019 51,225,308 0.10%
2018 51,171,706 0.15%
2017 51,096,415 0.22%
2016 50,983,457 0.32%
2015 50,823,093 0.43%
2014 50,607,907 0.52%
2013 50,345,717 0.57%
2012 50,060,639 0.55%
2011 49,786,159 0.49%
2010 49,545,636 0.40%
2009 49,347,461 0.34%
2008 49,182,456 0.30%
2007 49,034,810 0.32%
2006 48,880,451 0.37%
2005 48,701,073 0.43%
2004 48,493,441 0.48%
2003 48,260,897 0.54%
2002 47,999,547 0.61%
2001 47,706,224 0.69%
2000 47,379,241 0.77%
1999 47,016,957 0.85%
1998 46,620,691 0.92%
1997 46,196,054 0.97%
1996 45,751,022 1.01%
1995 45,292,522 1.05%
1994 44,820,073 1.09%
1993 44,335,028 1.11%
1992 43,848,218 1.10%
1991 43,373,151 1.06%
1990 42,918,419 1.01%
1989 42,491,198 0.96%
1988 42,086,662 0.96%
1987 41,686,560 1.02%
1986 41,265,113 1.13%
1985 40,804,402 1.26%
1984 40,296,228 1.38%
1983 39,747,794 1.46%
1982 39,175,212 1.48%
1981 38,602,289 1.46%
1980 38,045,607 1.42%
1979 37,511,315 1.40%
1978 36,992,188 1.42%
1977 36,475,413 1.48%
1976 35,942,029 1.59%
1975 35,378,661 1.72%
1974 34,780,882 1.84%
1973 34,154,087 1.93%
1972 33,506,523 2.00%
1971 32,850,720 2.03%
1970 32,195,681 2.07%
1969 31,543,835 2.11%
1968 30,891,965 2.17%
1967 30,236,697 2.25%
1966 29,572,556 2.34%
1965 28,895,558 2.43%
1964 28,209,731 2.52%
1963 27,517,544 2.63%
1962 26,812,086 2.79%
1961 26,084,031 2.98%
1960 25,329,515 3.16%
1959 24,552,840 3.31%
1958 23,765,504 3.40%
1957 22,984,010 3.40%
1956 22,227,334 3.31%
1955 21,514,570 3.12%
1954 20,864,105 2.81%
1953 20,293,202 2.40%
1952 19,817,786 1.88%
1951 19,452,636 1.26%
1950 19,211,385 0.00%