South Korea PESTLE Insights – A Macroeconomic Outlook Report

Mining, manufacturing and utilities contributed 30.2% to the gross value added (GVA) in 2020, followed by financial intermediation, real estate and business activities (23.7%), and wholesale, retail and hotels (10.2%). These sectors are expected to grow by 4.6%, 4.6%, and 2.9% in 2021, according to GlobalData forecasts.

In 2019, Seoul, Gyeonggi-do, and Gyeongsangnam-do were home to 50.7% of the South Korea’s population


– In July 2020, the Korean government announced US$135.5bn investments (2020-2025) for Korean New Deal Program

– The South Korea stock market has been on an increasing trend since April 2020. As of March 8, 2021, KOSPI index stood at 2,996.1, compared to 2,040.2 on March 8, 2020.

Reasons to buy

– Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.

– PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations

– Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.

– This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

Companies mentioned




KIA Motors

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Exhibits

Did you Know?

Country Highlights

Recovery from COVID-19

Country snapshot

Political Landscape

Economic Landscape

Social Landscape

Technological Landscape

Legal Landscape

Environmental Landscape


List of Figures

List of Figures

Exhibit 1: South Korea’s Performance in Country Risk Analysis in Comparison to Asia-Pacific and the World Average

Exhibit 2: Performance Overview (Score: 1-100)

Exhibit 3: Broad Categories and Weights behind the Index

Exhibit 4: South Korea Stock Market (KOSPI Index), March 2020-March 2021

Exhibit 5: Key Sectors Contribution to the Economy

Exhibit 6: Greenfield Investments inflows and outflows (2017-2019), and Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions (2017-2019)

Exhibit 7: Key Infrastructure Indicators

Exhibit 8: Real GDP and Household Consumption Growth Rate, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 9: Real GDP Growth Rate Comparison (2020e)

Exhibit 10: Exports and Imports, Percentage change (2016-2023f)

Exhibit 11: Current Account Balance, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 12: Top Three Commodity Exports, % of Total Exports, 2016-2019

Exhibit 13: Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof, % Share in World’s Total (2019)

Exhibit 14: Interest Rates, March 2016-March 2021

Exhibit 15: Exchange Rate and Inflation, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 16: Public Finance, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 17: General Government Debt, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 18: Unemployment, 2016-2023f

Exhibit 19: Average Annual Wages, 2016-2019

Exhibit 20: Labour Cost Index, 2016-2019

Exhibit 21: Rural/Urban Share in Total Population- 1995, 2005, 2015, 2025

Exhibit 22: Age-group Share of Total Population- 1995, 2005, 2015, 2025

Exhibit 23: Gender Split – 1995, 2005, 2015, 2025

Exhibit 24: Internet Users % of Total Population, Mobile Penetration Rate and Broadband Penetration Rate, 2020e

Exhibit 25: Number of Patents Granted Per Mn population, 2020e

Exhibit 26: High-technology Exports (% of manufactured exports), 2019

Exhibit 27: Doing Business in China 2020

Exhibit 28: Corruption Perception Index (Rankings) 2020

Exhibit 29: CO2 Emissions, 2016-2019


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