North Korea

Blair Van Ess and Taylor Conklin

Population: Approximately 24.9 million people

They boarder China, a small part of Russia, the Yellow sea, the Sea of Japan, and are located on the northern half of this small peninsula right above South Korea whose population is about 50.2 million people

The Capital is Pyongyang

Population is about 2.58 million people

Largest city in the country

Located on the Taedong River

They have a "humid continental climate"

Four very distinct seasons, similar to that of the U.S.

Very dry, cold winters; but warm, humid summers

Avg. of 37 days of snowfall carrying in weather from Siberia

Ryugyong Hotel: Pyramid shaped hotel, and largest standing building in the country by far. Located in the capital city (signature building)

1,080 ft. tall and 105 stories high

Began construction in 1987 but stopped because of a period of economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union, construction resumed in 2008 and has been finished since around 2011

Participated in Olympic summer games since 1972, they missed 1984 and 1988. They will participate in 2016. Winter games since 1964, however they missed 1968, 1976, 1980, 1994, 2002, 2014

Popular games: Soccer          Wrestling            Basketball

                             Hockey        Weight lifting

                             Golf              Ping Pong

Politics of North Korea: They function as a single-party state under a totalitarian family dictatorship (absolute monarchy)

Juche is the official ideology of North Korea

Their year one is 1912 when Kim Il-sung was born. They go by year of the Juche, so right now it Juche 103 (not 2015)

Kim Il-sung -> Kim Jong-il -> Kim Jong Un (32)

They do guarantee human rights, however there are very strict limits on freedom of expression. They supervise the daily lives of their people very closely

The supreme leader of the country holds complete control over all government and people

North Korean cuisine: Largely based upon rice or noodles, vegetables, and meat.  They are benefited from local farmers and seafood from the Pacific Ocean.

Side dishes are the most popular part of North Korean cuisine. They almost always use at least one side dish (banchan which it is most popularly known as) during meals which adds either a lot of tangy, spicy, or salty taste to their dish

Fun Facts

Marijuana is legal in North Korea and it is not even considered drug

The year is 103 in North Korea, counted after the birth of Kim Il-sung (not 2015)

They host the worlds largest stadium (seats 150,000)

North Koreans are only allowed to choose from 25 approved haircuts (including women)

In the last 60 years, approximately 23,000 North Koreans have left to South Korea while only 2 to the north

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