North Korea

Located in eastern Asia, North Korea occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. The country borders China to the north. To the south, it shares 'Demilitarized Zone' with South Korea.


Population: 24.7 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Korean (there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese.)
Languages: Korean
Religions: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo

North Korea is very isolated and its economy is centralized. It is an extremely oppressive state where citizens are indoctrinated into the policies of the leader. North Korea is in rapid decline and there are chronic food shortages. The only religion acceptable is Cheondogyo, the cult of the deceased leader. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have died as a result of persecution. As many as 100,000 more are estimated to be in prisons or work camps. Adherents to other religions are persecuted as well.






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