Official English Name: Republic of Korea
Official Local Name(s): 대한민국
Common English Name: South Korea
Capital: Seoul

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Official Language(s)

Korean
Secondary Languages: English

Resources

Coal, Tungsten, Graphite, Molybdenum, Lead, Hydropower

Neighbors

North Korea (North)

Ethnic groups

Korean (96.9%), Japanese (2.0%), Chinese (0.4%), American (0.2%), Mongol (0.1%)

People

Est. Population:

50801405

Demonym:

Korean

Religions:

Atheist (30.5%)
Buddhist (24.8%)
Protestant (20.0%)
Indigenous (9.6%)
Roman Catholic (9.1%)

Largest City:

Seoul (10,297,138)

Other Cities:

Busan (3,553,768)
Incheon (2,983,484)
Daegu (2,513,970)
Daejon (1,535,191)
Gwangju (1,490,654)

Geography

Region:

Eastern Asia

Bodies of Water:

Yellow Sea (West)
Sea of Japan/Eastern Sea (South and East)

Total Area:

99,720 km2 (97.2% land, 2.8% water)

Total Land:

238 km

Total Coastline:

2,413 km

Climate

Temperate

Terrain:

Mostly hills and mountains
Coastal plains in the south and west

Highest Point

Halla-san (1,950 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Typhoons
Earthquakes
Volcanic activity

Government

Type:

Republic

Heads of State:

President Moon Jae-in

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon

Admin. Divisions

9 Provinces
6 Metropolitan cities
1 Special city
1 Special self-governing city

Independence:

15 August 1945 (from Japan)

Nat'l Symbol:

Taegeuk

Nat'l Anthem:

Aegugka

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$36,500 (USD)

Currency

₩ (South Korean Won)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = ₩ (South Korean Won)1,107.71

Communication

Internet Code

.kr

Telephone Code

82

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Cultural Notes

South Korean culture has been influenced by ancient Chinese culture and modern Western culture.