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North Korea, or more officially known as the
Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, has the fourth largest army in the world, with
1.2 million active members, not far behind America with it's military of 1.4 million.
There are 28 state approved haircuts in North
Korea. Women are allowed to choose from one of 18 styles. Married women are instructed
to choose shorter styles, whilst single ladies are permitted to let loose with a longer style.
Men on the other hand are allowed to choose from 10 state approved hair cuts, all of which
are short. All North Korean men are prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 centimetres.
North Korea has an impressive 100% literacy
rate. Literacy is defined as individuals aged 15 and over who can read and write.
Roads There are 25,554 kilometres of roads in North
Korea, but only 724 km are paved, that's a measly 2.83%
Korean Demilitarised Zone
The Korean Demilitarised Zone, or DMZ. Is
a strip of land 250 kilometres long that separates South Korea from North Korea. It was setup
as a neutral zone where the two countries can safely discuss matters, at the end of
Korean War in 1953. Despite its name, it is the most heavily militarised border in the
world. Soldiers guarding the DMZ are ordered to shoot anyone trying to sneak in our out
of the country. Making China the most popular escape route for North Koreans. 80% of defectors
are women.But an unlikely good has come out of such
a heavily militarised border, the Korean DMZ strip is home to some of the most critically
endangered species of animals and plants on Earth. Whom have found an unlikely haven,
protected from any human contact. Extremely rare species such as the Korean Tiger, the
elusive Amur leopard and Asiatic black bear have all found a home here amongst the landmines
and listening posts. Ecologists have identified some 2,900 plant species, 70 types of mammals
and 320 kinds of birds within this narrow strip of land. The South Korea government
has campaigned to UNESCO numerous times to turn the DMZ into a nature reserve to protect
the endangered animals, but every time North Korea has declined to make such an agreement.In the 50s, North Korea built Kijong-Dong
on North Korea's side of the DMZ, so it was easily visible from South Korea. Which North
Korea claimed was the perfect city, the city supposedly contained a childcare centre, kindergarten,
primary and secondary schools, and a hospital.The idea was to make the city appear so attractive
that it enticed South Koreans to defect to North Korea. However, after observation from
the South Korean side of the DMZ, it became obvious that the city is actually completely
uninhabited, and has remained so ever since it was built. It has since come to be known
as 'Propaganda Village'. In the 1980s the South Korean government built a 98 metre tall
flagpole on the south side of the DMZ, close to the border. The North Korean government
responded by building an ever taller one in Kijong-Dong, in what some have called the
"flagpole war". At the time it was the second tallest flagpole in the world.
North Korea has its own operating system called
Red Star OS, a fork of linux. Most of the software on there, such as the web browser,
text editor and firewall are custom programs written by North Korea.
In 1974, Kim Il-Sung took 1,000 Volvo sedans
from Sweden to North Korea and never paid for them.
In 2013 current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
executed his uncle along with five of his aides by locking them in a cage and feeding
them to a starving pack of 120 dogs. But what had Kim's uncle done to deserve such a horrific
demise? Kim accused his uncle of mismanaging the economy, corruption, womanising and taking
Marijuana is completely legal in North Korea
and is not even classified as a drug. It is commonly used for medicinal purposes.
North Korea is home to the world's largest
stadium. The impressive May Day Stadium seats 150,000 people. It is home to the annual Arirang
games, which is one of the most spectacular displays of coordination and choreography
The Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea is a 105
story building that for 20 years held the title of the world's tallest hotel. Construction
began in 1987, but was halted before it was finished in 1992, as North Korea entered a
period of economic crisis following the fall of the Soviet Union. The monstrosity now towers
over Pyongyang and stands completely empty.
The only people allowed to own vehicles in
North Korea are the military and government officials. Transport in general is tightly
controlled, North Korean citizens are generally restricted from travelling anywhere at all,
even inside their own country.
North Korea's space agency is called "NADA",
which in Spanish means "nothing". It stands for National Aerospace Development Administration.
The program only has a 20% success rate.
Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea because
denim symbolises the DPRK's enemy, the United States.
Every 5 years North Korea holds a general
election, in which the ballots paper lists only one candidate.