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North Korea - Introduction

Introduction to North Korea

North Korea has some exquisite national parks, and the country is almost completely unexploited by commercial tourism. From the ultra-clean showcase capital, from which old people and pregnant women are excluded, to Paekdusan, where they're still rewriting history, there's weirdness galore.

Full country name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Area: 120,540 sq km
Population: 23 million
People: Korean
Language: Korean
Religion: All religion has been effectively prohibited since the 1950s
Government: authoritarian socialist
Head of State: Eternal President Kim Il Sung
Head of Government: Chairman of the National Defense Commission (highest post held by a living person) Kim Jong Il
GDP: US$22 billion
GDP per capita: US$1,390
Annual Growth: -5%
Major Industries: Military products, machinery, electric power, chemicals, mining, metallurgy, textiles, food processing
Major Trading Partners: China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong, Russia

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