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North Korea

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

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Country Name

North Korea, or officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Location

North Korea is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

The country is bordered to the north by China and by Russia along the Amnok (known as the Yalu in Chinese) and Tumen rivers, and to the south by South Korea.


Capital

Pyongyang.




Reason for Naming

The name Korea derives from the name Goryeo (also spelled Koryŏ). The name Goryeo itself was first used by the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo (Koguryŏ) which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East, and parts of Inner Mongolia, under Gwanggaeto the Great.






Flag

The flag was introduced on 10 July 1948 and adopted on 8 September 1948.

The flag consists of a wide red stripe at the center, bordered by a narrow white stripe both above and below, followed by a blue stripe.

The central red stripe carries a five-pointed red star within a white circle near the hoist.

The red color represents the bloodshed during the socialist revolution or patriotism, the blue color represents peace, and the white color represents purity and chastity.



Language

Korean is the Official and Most Widely Spoken Language of Korea.



Religion

Officially, North Korea is an atheist state. There are no known official statistics on religions in North Korea. According to Religious Intelligence, most f the population is irreligious, other minorities practice Korean shamanism, Chondoism, Buddhism, and Christianity.

Currency

Korean People's won (₩) (KPW).