North Korea

by Deanna Meiburg

basic facts

Population: 24,983,205 (51 to the world)

Capital: Pyongyang

Head of State: Chairman Kim Jong Un

Head of Government: Communist State

Language: Korean

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entertainment:

Choe Sung Hui

Choe Sung Hui is a dancer and has studied modern dance in Japan. She returned home to establish a unique form of Korean dance. To do this she took elements from a different form of Korean dance. Choe Sung Hui also helped create new dances that were performed on stage. She was married to a high ranking government official. Her husband got booted off and their family disappeared. Kim Jong II recently honored her as a Korean hero.

Kye Sun-Hui

Kye Sun-Hui is a judo champion. In 1996 onto the international judo scene. She surprised everyone when she won the gold medal for her weight class at the Atlantic Olympic Games. She has gone to win two other Olympic medals, multiple world championships and other international competitions. In North Korea she has been honored as a ¨Labor Heroine" and has been elected to People´s Assembly.

Kim II Sung

Kim II Sung was known as the ¨Eternal President" of North Korea. He led guerrilla campaign against occupying Japanese forces. Japanese was forced out of the peninsula after World War II. Kim rose to power under Russian occupation. He ruled as a dictator and forced people to worship him as a supernatural being. During his rule North Korea plunged into famine. He also was apart of the first of many nuclear weapon scandals.

geography:

Land

The area of North Korea is 46,540 square miles. It takes up more than half the Korean Peninsula. North Korea is just smaller than the state of Mississippi. It is twenty percent larger than South Korea. North Korea contains many mountains and narrow valleys dominating the landscape. The majority of the population lives on only about 25% of the land. The mountainous interior is isolated and sparsely populated.


The land is mostly hills and mountains separated by deep, narrow valleys with wide coastal plains in the west and discontinuous in the east. The land is used for many different things. 21.8% of the land is used for agriculture. Arable land takes up 19.5% of the land. Permanent crops takes up 1.9% and permanent pasture takes up 0.4%. Forest takes up 46%, almost half of the land.

climate

Most of North Korea's climate is classified as humid continental with four distinct seasons. It has relatively long, cold, dry winters and hot humid summers. During summer it's interrupted by two weeks by monsoon season. Spring and autumn are more temperate and pleasant. Land continues to be cleared for agricultural production during this time as well. Which results in deforestation increasing the severity of frequent floods.


North Korea has many dangerous natural disasters which can be deadly. For example in 2012 North Korea suffered from mid-July to mid-September, which had 223 people killed, 450 were missing, 144 injured and over 234,000 were homeless. North Korea also has a lot of typhoons.

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