North Korea is a country in Asia. Here are some interesting facts about North Korea.
Interesting Facts About North Korea
- The official name of the country is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- In North Korea you drive on the right hand side of the road.
- North and South Korea fought a war (the Korean War) between 1950 and 1953. They are still officially at war with each other as a peace treaty has never been signed. For more information see the post ‘when did the Korean War start and end‘.
- The North Korean government has decided to proceed with a uranium enrichment program.
- North Korea has the fifth largest military force in the world. 1.21 million people (around 20% of all North Korean men aged 17-54) are in the military.
- North Korea has an active nuclear weapons program. It is believed that North Korea has 6-8 nuclear weapons. The United Nations have demanded that North Korea conduct no further testing on nuclear missiles. A North Korean newspaper stated that the United States had 1000 nuclear weapons in South Korea which were ready to be used against North Korea. These weapons, however, were removed in 1991 after an international treaty.
- North Korea is the 10th largest producer of fruit.
- Very few Western tourists visit North Korea. Most tourists come from China, Russia and Japan.
- While the North Korean Constitution provides for freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the government do not allow either. Criticism of the government is not permitted in the media.
- Christians are heavily persecuted in North Korea. Read more about it here.
- North Korea has a literacy rate of over 99%.
- 60% of North Korean children suffer from malnutrition as food is poorly distributed. The military gets most of the food produced in North Korea.