North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is the 27th populous country in the world, with about 49 million people spread over an area of 96,000 square kilometers. The country is in East Asia and is bordered to the north by China, while the remainder of the Korean Peninsula to its south consists of South Korea (the Republic of Korea). The Korean Peninsula was divided into North and South in 1945, after being liberated from Japanese occupation in the Second World War. North Korea was originally in the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence and officially remains a socialist state. Its government is authoritarian.


General Information
Official Name:
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 조선민주주의인민공화국 (Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk)
Geographic Region:
Eastern Asia
Geographic Size (km sq):
Year of UN Membership:
Year of Present State Formation:
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Key Statistics & Indicators
Gross Domestic Product (GDP, Nominal):
$15.400 Billion
Per Capita Income (PPP Adjusted):
$1,800 (CID)
GDP Growth:
1.30 (%)
Human Development Index (HDI):
Gini Index (Income Inequality):
Economic Grouping:
Developing Country
International Relations
UN Voting Blocs & Caucuses:
Group of 77 (G-77)
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
Asian Group
Major International & Regional Organizations:
ARF: ASEAN Regional Forum
ICC: International Chamber of Commerce
ICRM: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
IFRCS: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
IHO: International Hydrographic Organization
IOC: International Olympic Committee
IPU: Inter-Parliamentary Union
ISO: International Organization for Standardization
ITSO: International Telecommunications Satellite Organization
WFTU: World Federation of Trade Unions
UN Specialized Agencies & Organizations:
CD: Conference on Disarmament
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization
IFAD: International Fund for Agricultural Development
IMO: International Maritime Organization
ITU: International Telecommunications Union
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNWTO: United Nations World Tourism Organization
UPU: Universal Postal Union
WHO: World Health Organization
WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization
WMO: World Meteorological Organization
Bilateral Relations
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