TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT NORTH KOREA

 TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT NORTH KOREA

LOCATED IN EASTERN PART OF ASIA, NORTH KOREA IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA. THE MOTO  OF THIS NATION IS “KANGSONGDAEGUK” WHICH MEANS STRONG AND PROSPEROUS NATION. THE PATRIOTIC SONG OR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF THE COUNTRY IS “AEGUKKA”. PYONGYANG IS THE CAPITAL ALSO BEING THE LARGEST CITY OF THE COUNTRY. MUCH OF THE TRANSPORT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATED PROCESSES ARE CARRIED OUT HERE. THE RELIGION WHICH IS MAJORLY FOLLOWED IS STATE ATHEISM. WITH THE POPULATION OF ABOUT 25,779,000, THIS COUNTRY RANKS AT THE 54TH POSITION. HERE ARE TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT NORTH KOREA WHICH AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD KNOW. THIS TOP 10 THINGS OF NORTH KOREA IS A GENERAL THINGS CAN BE USE TO COMPARE BETWEEN OTHER COUNTRIES.

  • 100% LITERACY RATE

THE LITERACY RATE OF NORTH KOREA IS SUPREMELY MAGNIFICIENT. THE EDUCATION SYSTEM OF NORTH KOREA IS ASTOUNDING AS THE INDIVIDUALS OF AGE 15 AND ABOVE HAVE PROPER LITERACY LEVEL WHICH MAKES THEM QUITE UNIQUE IN THIS MATTER. FORMAL EDUCATION IS CONSIDERED VERY VITAL FOR THE CITIZENS RESIDING IN THE COUNTRY. THE COMPLETE SYSTEM IS DIVIDED INTO ONE YEAR OF KINDERGARTEN ALONG WITH FOUR YEARS OF PRIMARY EDUCATION FOLLOWED BY SIX YEARS OF SECONDARY EDUCATION.

  • THE COUNTRY’S SIZE IS SIMILAR TO THAT OF PENNSYLVANIA

THE SIZE OF NORTH KOREA AND PENNSYLVANIA IS CONSIDERED TO BE NEARLY EQUAL THOUGH NORTH KOREA IS STILL 4% LARGER THAN PENNSYLVANIA. THE APPROXIMATE SIZE OF PENNSYLVANIA IS NEARLY 116,075 SQUARE KILOMETRES WHEREAS THE SIZE OF NORTH KOREA IS AROUND 120,538 SQUARE KILOMETRES. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES IS 10,636 KILOMETRES.

 

 

  • LESS THAN 20% AVAILABILITY OF ARABLE LAND

NORTH KOREA IS QUITE UNFORTUNATE WHEN IT COMES TO THE AMOUNT OF ARABLE LANDS. WITH LESS THAN 20% OF TOTAL ARABLE LAND, IT REQUIRES LARGE INVESTMENTS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR. ONLY 14,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES OF LAND IS AVAILABLE FOR CEREAL CROP CULTIVATION. THE MOUNTAIN TERRAIN OF THIS COUNTRY IS A BARRIER FOR PROPER CROP CULTIVATION AND HENCE, REDUCES THE OVERALL AVAILABILITY OF ARABLE LAND.

  • FOURTH LARGEST STANDING ARMY IN THE WORLD

NORTH KOREA STANDS TALL WHEN THE MATTER IS ABOUT THE COUNTRY’S ARMY. IT HAS THE FOURTH LARGEST STANDING ARMY IN THE WORLD WITH AROUND 5,889,000 PARAMILITARY PERSONNEL. THE PEOPLE IN THE MILITARY ARE OF 17 TO 30 YEARS OF AGE. THE ACTIVE NUMBER OF PERSONNELS ARE 1,280,000 AND THE NUMBER OF RESERVED PERSONNELS ARE 600,000. IT CONSISTS OF ABOUT 5% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY.

 

  • PAVED ROADS OF NORTH KOREA

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, ONLY 2.83% OF THE ROADS OF NORTH KOREA ARE PAVED, THAT IS, ONLY 724 KILOMETRES OF ROADS ARE PAVED AND REST ARE NOT. THERE ARE THREE PROMINENT MULTI LANE HIGHWAYS. THE TRANSPORTATION IN NORTH KOREA IS BOUNDED WITH MANY RULES AND REGULATIONS AND MANY RESTRICTIONS ARE ALSO IMPOSED ON IT. ONE CAN MAJORLY FIND PUBLIC MODE OF TRANSPORTATION RATHER THAN PRIVATE VEHICLES.

 

  • FOOD AND MALNOURISHMENT

THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY ARE IN A DIRE NEED OF PROPER FOOD. APPROXIMATELY 33% OF THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY ARE UTTERLY MALNOURISHED. ALSO, AROUND 43% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION DOES NOT GET PROPER FOOD. THE INFERTILE AND LESS AMOUNT OF ARABLE LANDS ARE A MAJOR CAUSE FOR THIS SITUATION. THE CLIMATE CONDITIONS AND NATURAL CALAMITIES HAVE ALSO AFFECTED THE SITUATION. MANY HOUSES DO NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT FOOD TO HAVE MEALS THREE TIMES A DAY. THIS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR CONCERNS OF THE COUNTRY.

  • LOW LIFE EXPECTANCY

WITH 71 YEARS BEING THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF NORTH KOREA, THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY LIVES LESSER THAN ITS COUNTERPART COUNTRY, SOUTH KOREA WHERE PEOPLE USUALLY LIVE FOR AROUND 82.5 YEARS. ONE OF THE MAJOR REASON FOR THIS ISSUE IS POVERTY AND INADEQUACY OF PROPER FOOD. THE COUNTRY RANKS ITSELF ON THE 214TH POSITION WHEN IT COMES TO WEALTH AND AROUND 40% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION FACES EXTREME POVERTY. MANY PEOPLE DIE BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT MEET THEIR NECESSITIES OF PROPER FOOD AND WATER, MEDICAL EXPENSES, HOUSING, ETC. THEY SUFFER REGULAR BLACKOUTS AS WELL.

  • GDP OF NORTH KOREA

THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT ALSO KNOWN AS GDP OF NORTH KOREA IS 18.00 USD BILLION. IT RANKS ITSELF ON 115TH POSITION IN TERMS OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT. THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY IS EXTREMELY REPRESSED BECAUSE OF SOME CHRONIC STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS THAT THE COUNTRY HAS TO FACE. THERE IS NO PROPER JUDICIARY IN THE COUNTRY AND STRICT RULES PREVAIL THERE.

 

 

  • UNEMPLOYMENT

THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF NORTH KOREA IS 2.74%. THE LABOUR FORCE OF THE COUNTRY IS 16,503,176. THERE ARE AROUND 37% OF POPULATION IS INVOLVED IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR AND 63% OF THE POPULATION IS INVOLVED IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

 

 

 

 

 

  • CORRUPTION

NORTH KOREA IS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY ARE TRAPPED IN THE WHOLE COBWEB OF CORRUPTION. THE OFFICIALS HAVE HAMPERED THE OVERALL FUNCTIONING OF THE SYSTEM BY ASKING FOR BRIBES IN BIG AMOUNTS. THIS IS ALSO ONE OF THE MAJOR FACTORS OF REPRESSION AND POVERTY.

 

 

 

THESE ARE THE TOP 10 THINGS ABOUT NORTH KOREA YOU SHOULD KNOW.

Chetna Singh

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