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Learn more about North Korea.
Flag of North Korea North Korea
Population: 22,697,553 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Pyongyang
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An Introduction to North Korea
Japan occupied Korea in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War; five years later it formally annexed the entire peninsula. 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. In December 2002, North Korea repudiated a 1994 agreement that shut down its nuclear reactors and expelled UN monitors, further raising fears it would produce nuclear weapons.

North Korea map

Map of North Korea ( Location ) : 40 00 N, 127 00 E, Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea. For additional reports and educational information specific to North Korea, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Korean Flag
Three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in white; on the hoist side of the red band is a white disk with a red five-pointed star.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about North Korea.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.98%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 68.38 yrs - Male
    • 73.92 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 1.1 million (2001)

Televisions:
    • 1.2 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 33,600,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .kp

Did you know ... People from North Korea are called Koreans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook