North Korea

Government, Economy, Culture, Geography


North Korea is mostly hills and mountains seperated by deep,narrow valleys. Coastal plains are wide in the west and discontinuous in the east. Its climate is temperate with rainfall concentrated in the summer. Natural disasters include late spring droughts followed by severe flooding;occasional typhoons during early fall. Changbaishan volcano is also a natural hazard that is considered historically active. Coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, and hydropower are all natural resources of this country.


Its government is a communist state one-man dictatorship. Kim Jong Un is the chief of state, and premier Choe Yong Rim is the head of government. The Judicial branch is called the Central Court, and the constitution was adopted in 1948;citizens can vote at age 17.


North Korea's GDP per capita is $1,800. Agricultural products include rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, cattle, pigs, Pork, eggs. It has industries such as: military products, mining, metallurgy, food processing, and tourism and the currency is named Pakkundon. Export partners are China with 67.2%, South Korea with 19.4%, and India with 3.6%; The import partners involve South Korea with 20%, the European Union with 4%, and China with 61.6%. Labor force for agriculture is 35%;industries and services are 65%.


North Korea's nationality and language spoken is Korean. Ethnic groups are racially homogeneous; there is one small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese. Koreans are traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist. Some are also Christian and Syncretic Chondogyo, which is the religion of the heavenly way.