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North Korean Special Operations Forces march across the Kim Il Sung Square
North Korean Special Operations Forces march across the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, wearing 'pixel camouflage' on their shoulders, similar to camouflage used by Chinese troops. The hermit kingdom rolled out thousands of people, balloons, paperflowers, intercontinental ballistic missiles and other military hardware at a parade in April 2017, to celebrate the 105th birthday of the country's late founder Kim II Sung, grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.
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Destination North Korea, a country in eastern Asia that occupies the northern part of the Korean peninsula which is located south of mainland China, between the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in the east, Korea Bay and Yellow Sea in west.

North Korea is bordered by China in north, and it has a 18 km long border with Russia in north east. North Korea occupies an area of 120,538 km², compared it is about half the size of the United Kingdom (242,900 km²) or somewhat larger than half the size of the U.S. state of Utah (219,882 km²).

North Korea has a population 25 million (est. 2017), capital and largest city is Pyongyang, official language is Korean.

Democratic People's Republic of Korea | Choson | 조선민주주의인민공화국

Country Profile

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-sung, 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


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, prk

Actual Time: Thu-May-23  06:19
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: 25 million (2015)
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.

Exports - commodities: minerals, metallurgical products, manufactures (including armaments), textiles, agricultural and fishery products

Exports - partners: China 75.8% (2015)

Imports - commodities: petroleum, coking coal, machinery and equipment, textiles, grain

Imports - partners: China 76.4%, Republic of the Congo 5.5% (2015)

Currency: North Korean Won (KPW)

North Korea in Numbers
North Korea key statistical data.


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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, the Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, and current Supreme Leader Chairman Kim Jong Un.
Official webpage of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). 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.

Pyongyang skyline and Ryugyong Hotel
Pyongyang skyline with residental towers and  Ryugyong Hotel on the left.
Image: Laika ac

Harvest at Chon Sam agriculture co-operative
Harvest at Chon Sam agriculture co-operative farm between Wonsan and Kosan, east of Pyongyang.
Image: Uwe Brodrecht


North Korea’s totalitarian regime continues to keep its population in a state of a brainwashing like system that creates a virtual reality the regime wants and needs to survive. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the sole source of official news for the print and broadcast media. No foreign media or let alone the internet is able to penetrate the made up or convenient information provided by the regime. It is a humanitarian nightmare.

North Korea TV anchor Ri Chun-hee
One of North Korea's most familiar faces in the West, TV anchor Ri Chun-hee. North Korea's 'people's broadcaster' and most famous newsreader has been on air for more than 40 years.

Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
Responsible for North Korea's news.

The Rodong Sinmun
Supreme Leader's Activity In DPRK.

Official news from the DPRK.

The Choson Sinbo
Organ of the pro-North Korea representative body, with seat in Japan.

Voice of Korea
State-run external service, web pages in several languages.

International News Sources
NK News
North Korea news with US background, headquartered in Seoul.
Daily NK
Online newspaper with North Korea related news based in Seoul.

You want to know why North Korea did it? It's their economy, stupid . . .
New York 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

Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
North Korea's central bank, it issues the North Korean wŏn and the Chŏnsŏng banking card. (until now the bank does not maintain a website)

DPR Korea-Trade
North Korean magazine that aims to promoting trade, exchange and cooperation between the DPR of Korea and foreign countries of all continents.
(Service only partly available)

Consumerism in North Korea: The Kwangbok Area Shopping Center
Article by 38 north, a project of the U.S.-Korea Institute.


Socialist workers statue on the Juche Tower, Pyongyang.
Image: Gilad.rom

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Country Guides

Discover North Korea:

Tourism in Korea
Official tourism information for visits to the DPR of Korea.

Koryo Tours
...if you're one for adventure, let Koryo Tours is a Beijing based tour operator offering group and private tours to North Korea.
Pyongyang ©


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.



Open Directory Project: North Korea

Sources and additional Information on North Korea

BBC Country Profile: North Korea

Amnesty International: North Korea

FAO: North Korea

GlobalEDGE: North Korea

The Heritage Foundation: North Korea

Human Rights Watch: North Korea

OEC: North Korea

Reporters Without Borders: North Korea

Wikipedia: North Korea

The World Factbook -- North Korea
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