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Country (long form) Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Capital P'yongyang
Total Area 46,540.75 sq mi
120,540.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Mississippi)
Population 21,968,228 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 26,388,317
Languages Korean
Literacy 99.0% total, 99.0% male, 99% female (1990 est.)
Religions traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)
Life Expectancy 68.04 male, 74.15 female (2001 est.)
Government Type authoritarian socialist; one-man dictatorship
Currency 1 North Korean won (Wn) = 100 chon
GDP (per capita) $1,000 (2000 est.)
Industry military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism
Agriculture rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses; cattle, pigs, pork, eggs
Arable Land 14%
Natural Resources coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower
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Geography of North Korea

North Korea, a country of eastern Asia. It occupies the northern part of the Korean peninsula, between the Sea of Japan on the east and the Yellow Sea on the west.

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History of North Korea

After World War II ended in 1945, the Korean Peninsula became divided. In the North, the Communists announced the formation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on September 9th, 1948.