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A Closer Look at... South Korea
OFFICIAL NAME
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Republic of Korea
GEOGRAPHY
  Situated on the south end of the Korean peninsula between the Yellow Sea (east of C hina) and the East Korean Sea (west of Japan).
AREA
  99,373 sq km / 38,368 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  Korean peninsula is similar in size to New Zealand and the UK, or the state of Virginia.
POPULATION
  48,000,000
CAPITAL
  Seoul (population 10.3 million)
LITERACY
  99.8% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
  Korean
RELIGION
 

Christianity - 25%
Buddhism, Confucianism, Shamanism - 25%
None - 50%

POLITICS
  Democracy
INCOME
  Per capita income US$ $14,500 per year
CURRENCY
  Republic of Korean Won (W)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +9
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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North Korea

OFFICIAL NAME
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea
GEOGRAPHY
  Bordered by C hina in the north, it's situated on the north end of the Korean peninsula between Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan (west of Japan).
AREA
  120,540 sq km / 46,540 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  about the size of the state of Mississippi
POPULATION
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23,000,000
CAPITAL
  P'yongyang
LITERACY
  ??% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
  Korean
RELIGION
 

All religion has been effectively prohibited since the 1950s.

POLITICS
  Communism, headed by Kim Jong-il
INCOME
  Per capita income US$ _____ a year
CURRENCY
  North Korean won (W)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +9
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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