38 Facts About Life In North Korea
For decades North Korea has been one of the world’s most secretive societies. It is one of the few countries still under nominally communist rule.
North Korea’s nuclear ambitions have exacerbated its rigidly maintained isolation from the rest of the world.
The country emerged in 1948 amid the chaos following the end of the Second World War. Its history is dominated by its Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, who shaped political affairs for almost half a century.
Decades of this rigid state-controlled system have led to stagnation and a leadership dependent on the cult of personality. The totalitarian state also stands accused of systematic human rights abuses.
North Korea, independent since 1948, is not recognised by Japan and South Korea.
An American soldier ran across
the border to North Korea In
1962 and has been living there
is the world’s only nation
to currently have a
US Navy ship captured.
It’s not 2013
in North Korea.
The year is 102
the birth of
North Korea is officially
anymore. Since 2009
is called “Juche”.
North Korea is the world’s only necrocracy: a government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.
is legal and is not
even classified as a
drug in North Korea.
North Korean archaeologists
announced the world in 2012
they “discovered” lair of the
ridden by legendary King
Tongmyung 2000 years ago.
North Korea has
51 “Social Categories”
ranked by their
loyalty to the regime.
In the 50s, North Korea
a “nice” city visible
from the border,
to encourage South
a ghost city.
may only choose from
28 approved haircuts.
Kim II-Sung, founder of North Korea, was born on the day the Titanic sank.
In the last 60 years, over 23,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea. Only two South Koreans have gone to the North.
In 1974, Kim Il-sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them.
North Koreans watched the 2014 World Cup on a 24-hour delay.
North Korea has its own operating system called Red Star OS.
In 2013, North Korea’s president killed his own uncle by throwing him naked into a cage with 120 starving dogs.
Possessing Bibles, watching South Korean movies and distributing pornography may be punished with death in North Korea.
In North Korea, only military and government officials can own motor vehicles.
North Korea’s space agency is called “NADA”, which in Spanish means “nothing.”
Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea.
North Korea holds elections every 5 years in which the ballots list only one candidate.
to North Korea
North Korea is outsourcing its forced labor camps to work in Siberia.
In 1953, a North Korean fighter pilot defected to South Korea with his MiG-15 and was rewarded with US$100,000 by the U.S.
North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.
There’s an organization that parachutes copies of the Bible into North Korea.
According to a textbook in North Korea, Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3.
In North Korea, people don’t celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17, since those are the dates that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il died.
An execution was staged there in the late 1990s
North Korea hosts the
World’s Largest Stadium
seating 150,000 people.
Cuba was caught sending Weapons to North Korea in 2013.
Sympathizing with Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, is an illegal act in South Korea. Even blogging can land you in jail.
A defector used balloons to air drop thousands of copies of the film “The Interview” into North Korea.
The ‘de-militarized’ zone between North and South Korea is the world’s most militarized zone.
For 20 years, the World’s
was a 105-story empty pyramid in Pyongyang.
When a single anti Kim Jong Il graffiti was found in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011, they locked down the entire city for 3 days.
The Chollima, a mythical winged horse, is the national animal of North Korea.
In 1978, North Korea kidnapped two famous South Korean filmmakers, a director and a leading actress, and forced them to work on propaganda films.