Facts About North Korea

Twenty-two facts about the secretive country of North Korea.

North Korea has remained one of the world's most secretive countries for many years. It is also one of the very few countries left in the world under complete communist rule. With North Korea's nuclear ambitions seeming to be growing more and more real by the year, how much do you actually know about this secretive country?

Fact 1) In North Korea, one drives on the right hand side of the road.

Fact 2) The country is officially named the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Fact 3) North Korea has a literacy rate of almost 100%, a rate that ranks amongst the very best in the world.

Fact 4) North Korea is one of the top ten world’s largest producer of fruit.

Fact 5) North Korea has one of the largest militaries in the world.

Fact 6) The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang.

Fact 7) Baekdu Mountain is North Korea’s highest point and is also said to be the birth place of their leader; Kim Jong-Il.

Fact 8) Taekwondo is the most popular sport in North Korea.

Fact 9) The North Korean currency is the North Korean won (KPW).

Fact 10) The longest river in North Korea is Amnok River.

Fact 11) North Korea has an estimated population of 23 million.

Fact 12) North Korea has an estimated population of just under 23 million citizens.

Fact 13) The official language of North Korea is Korean.

Fact 14) North Korea is a communist nation and thus has no official religion.

Fact 15) Between the years of 1996 and 1999, North Korea suffered from a mass famine which resulted in the deaths of over 600,000 North Koreans.

Fact 16) Each North Korean must wear a pin with eternal leader; Kim Il-Sung, or dear leader; Kim Jong-Il’s face on it.

Fact 17) Almost 1% of the population are held detention camps or locked in prison.

Fact 18) North Korea relies heavily on international aid to feed its people and fuel resources for its one million-man army.

Fact 19) The country of North Korea is controlled by The Korean Workers' Party.

Fact 20) North Korea has a currently extensive chemical weapons program. A report by the Federation of American Scientists says that North Korea has chemical stockpiles of at least 180-250 tons of agents that can be used as weapons.

Fact 21) The average North Korean can expect to live for an average of seventy years.

Fact 22) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established as an authoritarian socialist government in 1948.

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