North Korea

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North Korea on World Map

Continent Asia

Region – Eastern Asia

Size – 120,538 km²

Geography – mountains and hills with valleys and coastal plains

Language – Korean

Religion – None

Monetary Unit – North Korean won


Natural Resources – coal, lead, tungsten, zinc, graphite, magnesite, iron ore, copper, gold, pyrites, salt, fluorspar, hydropower

Agriculture – rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses; cattle, pigs, pork, eggs

Industry – military products; machine building, electric power, chemicals; mining (coal, iron ore, limestone, magnesite, graphite, copper, zinc, lead, and precious metals), metallurgy; textiles, food processing; tourism

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Neighbouring Countries – China, Russia, South Korea

Population –  24,851,627 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 0.53%

Average Life Expectancy – 69.8

Capital City – Pyongyang (2,843,000)

Highest Mountain – Paektu-san (2,744m)

Longest River – Yalu (790 km)

Climate – continental – cold winters -17°C to -8°C and warm summers 18°C to 28°C

Yearly Rainfall – 90 cm (approx) mostly from June to September

Plant Life – firs, spruces, evergreen trees, alpine plants

Animal LifeSiberian tiger, bears, wild boar, deer, snow leopards, lynx, roe deer, shrew

Bird Life – black Manchurian ring-necked pheasant, black grouse, and three-toed woodpecker; the hawk owl, lesser-spotted woodpecker and willow tit


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). North Korea. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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