Updated 26 February 2013
Republic of Korea is located in the east of the Asian Continent, with a population of 48,860,500, making it the 25th
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Seoul with a total population of 10,581,728. The country
encompasses 98,480 square kilometers making it the 108th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
North Korea, the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.

President P
ark Geun-hye is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds
that position for a single five-year term. Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik is recognized as the Head of Government and
achieves that status through presidential appointment appointed with consent of National Assembly and the Deputy
Prime Ministers are appointed by the president on the prime minister’s recommendation. Its form of government is a
republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 17th of July 1998.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Korean and English. It counts among its major religions no
affiliation, Christian, Buddhist, Confucianist and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has 61 AM, 150
FM, 2 Short Wave and 43 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Halla-san, its highest point at 1,950 meters and the Sea of Japan, its lowest point at 0
meters. Its principal waterways are the Han River, the Naktong River, the Kum River and the Cheju Strait, which
measure about 1,608 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are electronics, telecommunications,
automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding and steel. Its official currency is South Korean Won.

Here’s something you may not know about South Korea. One fifth of South Korea’s population resides in Seoul.
Andong Korean Mask  
Dance Festival
Chonju Metro in Seoul
Boat on Pohang Beach
on the Sea of Japan
near Homigot Peninsula
Halla-san on Jeju
Island- South Korea's
highest and
southernmost point
Planes flying over
Pusan Harbour on the
Sea of Japan- South
Korea's lowest point
South Korean kids
South Korean seafood
Seoul- South Korea's
capital and largest city
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Sunset on the Han
Cranes flying over the
Demilitarization Zone
between South and
North Korea
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Huksan Chedo Island-
South Korea's
westernmost point
Hanbok- traditional
dress of South Korea
Inchon on the Yellow
Kanson Art Museum
near South Korea's
northernmost point
Koje do Island on
South Korea's Western
Channel and Korea's
closest point to Japan
South Korea/North
Korea border at
Ullong-do Island-
South Korea's
easternmost point
Andong Bridge over
the Nakdong River-
The longest river on
the Korean Peninsula
Homigot Lighthouse-
South Korea's
easternmost mainland
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
less than 0.1%

9,500 (2009 est.)

less than 500