By Jeong Ji-su
Koreans are now living longer than before.
According to a report by the World Health Organization, Korea had the sharpest rise in life expectancy compared to a report done two decades ago.
South Korea's life expectancy recorded 84.6 for women and 78 for men, increasing by 9 and 10 years respectively.
South Korea had the highest rise in life expectancy among high-income countries of 9.2 years, while the average was 5.1 years.
Japan ranked first for women's longevity of 87 years while Iceland came in first for men with 81 years.
However, nine African countries, including South Africa and Somalia had a significant low average life expectancy of 55.
"There is still a wide gap between rich and poor countries," said former World Health Organization (WHO) director general Margaret Chan.