Official English Name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Official Local Name(s): 조선민주주의인민공화국
Common English Name: North Korea
Capital: Pyongyang

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Official Language(s)

Korean
Secondary Languages:

Resources

Coal, Lead, Tungsten, Zinc, Graphite, Magnesite, Iron ore, Copper, Gold, Pyrites, Salt, Fluorspar, Hydropower

Neighbors

China (North), Russia (Northeast), South Korea (South)

Ethnic groups

Korean

People

Est. Population:

25,115,311

Demonym:

Korean

Religions:

Atheist (69.1%)
Christian (1.5%)
Buddhist (0.5%)

Largest City:

Pyongyang (3,255,288)3

Other Cities:

Hamhung (768,551)3
Chongjin (667,929)
Nampo (366,341)
Wonsan (363,127)
Sinuiju (359,341)

Geography

Region:

Eastern Asia

Bodies of Water:

Sea of Japan (East)
Yellow Sea (West)

Total Area:

120,538 km2 (99.9% land, 0.1% water)

Total Land:

1,672 km

Total Coastline:

2,495 km

Climate

Temperate

Terrain:

Hills
Mountains
Valleys
Coastal plains

Highest Point

Paektu-san (2,744 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Droughts
Flooding
Earthquakes

Government

Type:

Communist state, one-man dictatorship

Heads of State:

President Kim Yong Nam

Head of Government:

Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un

Admin. Divisions

9 Provinces
2 Municipalities

Independence:

15 August 1945 (from Japan)

Nat'l Symbol:

Red star

Nat'l Anthem:

Aegukka

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$1,800 (USD)

Currency

₩ (North Korean Won)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = ₩ (North Korean Won)900.03

Communication

Internet Code

.kp

Telephone Code

+850

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Cultural Notes

Art in North Korea is mostly didactic.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/kn.html (Majority of information)
https://joshuaproject.net/countries/KN (Religious data)
http://bit.ly/2gI8hKs (City population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 22 November 2016
1Due to its heavy travel and migration restrictions, North Korea is almost entirely racially homogenous. There are small communities of Chinese and Japanese, but these communities are extremely small.
2Syncretic Chongdo, or the Religion of the Heavenly Way, is a state-sponsored religion. Confucianism is also found among several North Korean residents. Numbers for these religions are not readily available.
3 This data is from the 2008 census. Like other data pertaining to North Korea, city population data is difficult to find.