Updated 03 April 2013
Democratic People's Republic of Korea is located in the east of the Asian Continent, with a population of
24,589,122 , making it the 49th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Pyongyang with a total
population of 3,255,388. The country encompasses 120,540 square kilometers making it the 99th largest country in
total area. It shares boundaries with China, Russia, Sea of Japan, South Korea, Yellow Sea and Korea Bay.

National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status
through single name ballot election and holds that position for five year terms with no term limits. For state and
diplomatic functions he is represented by President of the Presidium Kim Yong Nam reelected by the Supreme
People's Assembly (SPA) for a five-year term. Premier Pak Pong-ju is recognized as the Head of Government and,
along with Vice Premiers Han Kwang Boki, Jo Pyong Ju, Jon Ha Chol, Kang Nung Su, Kang Sok Ju, Kim In Sik,
Kim Rak Hui, Kim Yong Jin, Pak Su Gil, Ri Chol Man, Ri Mu Yong, Ro Tu Chol and Hyon Yong Chol, achieves
that status through appointment by the SPA for a five-year term. Its form of government is a Communist state with
a one-man dictatorship and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 9th of September 1948 (revised
numerous times).

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Korean. It counts among its major religions Buddhist,
Confucianist, Christian and Syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way). As sources of mass
communication it has 17 AM, 14 FM, 14 Short Wave and 4 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Paektu-san, its highest point at 2,744 meters and Sea of Japan, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterways are the Tumen and Taedong rivers, which measures 2,250 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are military products, machine
building, electric power, chemicals, mining, metallurgy, textiles, food processing, tourism. Its official currency is
North Korea Won.

Here’s something you may not know about North Korea. All radios in North Korea are designed so listeners can
only receive North Korean Government stations and can only be turned down, not off. The United States
announced plans to smuggle $2,000,000 worth of small radios into the country so North Koreans can listen to non-
Government stations.
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USS Pueblo captured
by the North Koreans
in the 50's  
Pyongyang- North
Korea's capital and
largest city
Kim Jong Il is
everywhere like in this
Paektu-san- North
Korea's highest point
Sea of Japan near
Wonsan- North
Korea's lowest point
Elephant Rock on
Pidansom Island- North
Korea's easternmost
point on the Korean
Hwanghae Namdo
railroad bridge- the
southernmost point of
North Korea on the
South Korea border
Khasan border
crossing- North
Korea's easternmost
point on the border
with Russia
Taengalbap- a North
Korean dish of fried
dumplings with rice
Nampo Dam on North
Korea's Yellow Sea
Onsong border
crossing- North
Korea's northernmost
point on the border
with China
Panmunjon- North
Korea's official border
with South Korea
Sonbong- North
Korea's easternmost
town near the Russian
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