North Korea

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, Korean Hanguk or Choson, region and historic country (85,049 sq mi/220,277 sq km), E Asia. A peninsula, 600 mi (966 km) long, Korea separates the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea by Koreans) on the east from the Yellow Sea (and Korea Bay [or West Korea
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Korea, North

Official name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Capital city: Pyongyang

Internet country code: .kp

Flag description: Three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in white; on the hoist side of the red band is a white disk with a red five-pointed star

Geographical description: Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea

Total area: 47,000 sq. mi. (120,410 sq. km.)

Climate: Temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer

Nationality: noun: Korean(s); adjective: Korean

Population: 23,301,725 (July 2007 CIA est.)

Ethnic groups: Korean; small ethnic Chinese and Japanese populations

Languages spoken: Korean

Religions: Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism, Chongdogyo, Christian; autonomous religious activities have

been virtually nonexistent since 1945

Legal Holidays:

Birthday of Kim Il-sungApr 15
Constitution DayDec 27
Founding of the People's ArmyApr 25
Founding of the Workers' PartyOct 10
Kim Jong-il's AnniversaryFeb 16
Labor DayMay 1
Liberation DayAug 15
National DaySep 9
New Year's DayJan 1
Victory DayJul 27

North Korea

a republic in NE Asia, on the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea: established in 1948 as a people's republic; mostly rugged and mountainous, with fertile lowlands in the west. Language: Korean. Currency: won. Capital: Pyongyang. Pop.: 22 776 000 (2004 est.). Area: 122 313 sq. km (47 225 sq. miles)
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