Capitol City: Pyongyang
Population: 24,720,407 as of 2014
South- South Korea
East- Sea of Japan, Tonhan Bay
West- Korea Bay
- North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950. The war lasted 3 years and now the country has one of the most heavily guarded borders of all countries.
- North Korea became heavily isolated when the nation was ruled under Kim Il Sung.
- In June 2000 the South Korea president, Kim Dae-Jung, visited Kim Jong Il to talk about reunifying the countries.
- After Kim Il Sung died of a stroke in 2011 his son Kim Jong Un took over.
People & Places
- The Korean language is a phonetic alphabet that was created in 1446.
- The religions of North Korea historically included Buddhism, Confucianism, and shamanism.
- North Koreans where simple attire to work, which is often a one color jumpsuit, urban professionals wear suits or dresses.
- Ethnic Koreans populate almost all of North Korea, but there is a small Japanese and Chinese community.
- The government provides incentives to couples with large families because of the very small population growth rate. They give things like medals or discounted vacations.
- By law, men have to wait until age 27 and women age 25 until they can get married.
- At age 14 people join the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League and must wear a pin with a portrait of him on it at all times.
- A Korean diet mainly consists of soup, fish, and spicy vegetables.
- A school day in Korea begins at about 8 a.m. and finishes at 1 p.m.
- North Korea has a free 11 year education program, but it is not required to go.
- Internet access is rare in North Korea and all internet, cellphones, newspapers, and radios are managed by a company called Koryo Link.
- Their healthcare system is extensive and free, but lacks quality and medicine supplies are often low.
- Music and theatre play an important part in North Korea's culture and identity.
- Cinemotography (movie making) is considered the most powerful art in Korean culture. They started producing movies in 1970.
- Poetry is the principal form of literature in North Korea, but Koreans also enjoy many other genres.
"North Korea." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 3 Apr 2014.
PhotosFlag, Soldiers, Bride and Groom, Students- "North Korea." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 3 Apr 2014.
Movie Poster- www.flickr.com
Kim Jong Un- www.geografi-tjek.dk
Mountain Range- en.wikipedia.org