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All “is something heard” about North Korea, but all that we have – mostly rumors and speculation. Few can confirm or deny the shocking facts coming from the “reclusive kingdom.”

However, something you can learn. There are reports from journalists of major publications who send their reporters to meet directly with North Korea (to get into it still can be, if you really try). There are numbers of international economic agencies. There are eyewitnesses who managed to escape from their harsh homeland.


Faktrum gathered a selection of interesting facts about North Korea with reference to the highly authoritative sources to provide this information.

1. North Korea has recently established its own time zone: Standard time Pyongyang

Starting from August 15, the country lives on  the Pyongyang time, which coincides with the time, is used on the Korean peninsula to the Japanese government.

2. In order to “jump” from North Korea, you need to pay $ 8000

Since the beginning of the reign of Kim Jong-un, those who want to flee abroad, have to paymore. For example, to move to China worth about $ 8,000. The average North Koreans can not afford it, because GDP per person is $ 1800.

Of course, it is not legal “rate” – the price ask people to help the country to cross the border illegally.

3. The annual cost of the late Kim Jong Il on brandy 800 times the annual income of the average person in North Korea

Kim Jong Il’s father, Kim Jong-un, reportedly spent 700,000 £  on Hennessi year. That’s about $ 1.2 million.
The average annual income in North Korea is  from $ 1000 to $ 2000. For our calculations, we have taken the amount of $ 1500.

4. North Koreans born after the Korean War, an average of 5 cm below the South Koreans

This difference in growth due to the fact that 6 million North Koreans need food constantly, one-third of the child population is chronically depleted.

5. North Korea claims that its population is 100% correctly

The term “literacy” means that a person over 15 years old can read and write.

6. Endorses the State only 28 kinds of hairstyle

According to the «Time»: «Women can choose from 14 models, married women wearing hair loose, ordered to be cut short, unmarried allowed to let a long and curly locks.” Men are “forbidden to grow hair more than 5 cm, the elderly can leave a length of 7 cm.”

7. Net asset value of Bill Gates’ five times more than the entire GDP of North Korea

The net asset value of Bill Gates is  79.5 billion dollars. According to reports North Korea’s GDP was  15.45 billion dollars. (World Bank does not give official figures).

8. North Korea scored  Brazil during the World Cup in 2010.

But her team lost 2-1.

9. The number of North Koreans are suitable for military service,more than  the population of Norway is 2.5 times

Among the male population of 6.515 million people are suitable for the service, including female – 6418000. In total 12,933,000.

In Norway, home to 5.1 million people.

10. Only 2.83% of the roads of North Korea have a pavement

Roads in North Korea extends to 25,554 kilometers, but only 724 kilometers are paved.

11. Qatar’s GDP per capita is 51 times higher than in North Korea

In 2014 Qatar’s GDP per capita of $ 92.400 was the highest in the world. Estimated GDP North Korea’s per capita for 2013 was  1.800 $.

12. North Korea was named the most corrupt country in the world – as well as Somalia

The Corruption Perceptions Index  is produced annually. In 2014, Korea was named the most corrupt country in the world, as well as Somalia. 174 countries were rated from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (corruption-free). North Korea has received 8.


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