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North Korea
Area: 120,538 sq km
Capital: Pyongyang
Location: Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean
Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of
Japan, between China and South Korea
Natural resources: coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite,
iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower
Ethnic groups: racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese
community and a few ethnic Japanese
Religions: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian
and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) note:
autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent;
government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of
religious freedom
Government type:
Communist state
one-man dictatorship
GDP per capita:
Population: 22,665,345, country comparison to the world: 50
Geographic note: strategic location bordering China, South Korea,
and Russia; mountainous interior is isolated and sparsely populated
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