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Democratic People's Republic of Korea | Choson | 조선민주주의인민공화국

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where in Asia is North Korea

Official Name:
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K. or North Korea)
conventional short form: North Korea
local long form: 조선민주주의인민공화국
Chosŏn minjujuŭi-inmin-konghwaguk

ISO Country Code: kp

Actual Time: Thu-Mar-23  09:15
Local Time = UTC +9h

Country Calling Code: + 850

Capital: P'yongyang

Type: Highly centralized communist state
Independence: 9 September 1948
Constitution: 1948; 1972, revised in 1992.

Location: Eastasia
Area: 120,538 km² (47,000 sq. mi.)
Terrain: About 80% of land area is moderately high mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys and small, cultivated plains. The remainder is lowland plains covering small, scattered areas.

Major Cities:
Hamhung, Chongjin, Wonsan, Nampo, and Kaesong

Long, cold, dry winters; short, hot, humid, summers.

Nationality: Korean(s)
Population: 24 million (2008 census)
Ethnic groups: Korean; small Chinese and Japanese populations.
GNI per capita PPP: $ 1 400 (year)
Religions: Buddhism, Shamanism, Chongdogyo, Christian; religious activities have been virtually nonexistent since 1945.
Language: Korean
Literacy: 99%

Natural resources:
Coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower.

Agriculture products: Rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses; cattle, pigs, pork, eggs.

Industries: Military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism.

Currency: North Korean Won (KPW)

North Korea in Numbers
North Korea key statistical data.

Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Communist domination and the southern portion becoming Western oriented. KIM Chong-il has ruled North Korea since his father and the country's founder, president KIM Il-song, died in 1994. After decades of mismanagement, the North relies heavily on international food aid to feed its population, while continuing to expend resources to maintain an army of about 1 million. North Korea's long-range missile development and research into nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: China, Russia, South Korea
related countries: Japan

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(Semi-) Official Sites of North Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Information about North Korea, the Great Leader Kim Il Sung and ruling Dear Leader Kim Jong Il.
Site created by Korean Friendship Association.


Map of North Korea
Political Map of North Korea.
Administrative Map of North Korea
Map showing North Korea with international borders, provincial boundaries,
provincial capitals, major cities, main roads, railroads and major airports.

Korean Peninsula
Map of the Korean Peninsula.

Google Earth Google Earth Korean Peninsula
Searchable map and satellite view of the Korean Peninsula.
Google Earth Google Earth Pyongyang
Searchable map and satellite view of North Korea's capital city.

profile Map of Asia
Political Map of Asia.


The Chosun Journal
US based magazine to inform, provoke, and mobilize consciences for the sake of human rights in North Korea.
Korean News
News by Korean Central News Agency of DPRK.
Korea Today
North Korean monthly Journal.
The People's Korea
News related to North Korea.
The Pyongyang Times
Official news from the DPRK.

DPRK - North Korea
Site with North/South Korea News, Articles by Kim Myong Chul, known as the 'unofficial spokesman" of North Korea and North/South Korean related information.

General Kim Jong Il Sun Of The 21st Century
North Korean propaganda film.

International News Sources
Yahoo Full Coverage: North Korea

You want to know why North Korea did it? It's their economy, stupid . . .
Times article about North Korea's latest A-bomb test.
China's 'nightmare scenario'
BBC article - A North Korean nuclear test has long been a nightmare scenario for China.
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Business & Economy

DPRKorea Infobank
Special Consulting Centre will be opened for those who might be interested in trading, investing, cooperating with DPRKorea.
Site that aims to promoting trade, exchange and cooperation between the DPR of Korea and foreign countries of all continents.

South Korea based service company established to assist foreign companies in the challenging task of doing business in or with North Korea.

Country Guides

A portal to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with official news and views.
Tourism in Korea
Official tourism information for visits to the DPR of Korea.

Koryo Tours
...if you're one for adventure, let Koryo Tours take you to an unimaginable land.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Eyewitness: A North Korean Remembers
Korean history from 1930 to 1955. (see also: Seoul City Sue)
Korean History Project
Comprehensive site about Korean and East Asian history.
National Institute of Korean History (South Korea)
NIKH's mission is to governmental the nation's historical heritage, founded in 1946.
The T'angun Legend
The national foundation myth - the short version.
Korean Myths and Tales : Tangun, The Father of Our Nation
The long version.
History of Korea
Wikipedia entry about Korea's History.


Additional Information on North Korea

BBC News Country Profile: North Korea

North Korean Studies
Maintained by Leonid A. Petrov, for the purpose of free publication and dissemination of analytical materials on North Korea.

Open Directory Project: North Korea

Wikipedia: North Korea

The World Factbook -- North Korea

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