North Korea facts
    North Korea facts
    Name: Democratic People's
              Republic of Korea
    Capital: Pyongyang
    Largest city: Pyongyang
    Population: 25 million
    Currency: North Korean won (KPW)
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North Korea’s citizens can only choose their hair-styles from the 28 State-Approved Hairstyles - 14 for men and 14 for women. Women have to choose one of 14 styles - married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed longer locks. Men are prohibited from growing their hair longer than 2 inches while older men can get away with up to 3 inches.
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Juche calendar (North Korean calendar) begins in the year 1912 as it was the birth year of the leader, Kim Il-sung. Year 2016 in Gregorian calendar is Juche 105. (Kim Il-sung was born on April 15, 1912, the day Titanic sank)



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    The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea, is the largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 114,000 and occupies 51 acres.

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    There are only three TV channels (all three are state-owned) in North Korea. Two of them broadcast only on weekends and the Korean Central Television is on air every day in the evenings.
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    About 200,000 North Koreans live in prison camps for those who commit political crimes, and offenders can have their entire extended family imprisoned with them. As many as 40% of camp prisoners die from malnutrition while doing mining, logging and agricultural work with rudimentary tools in harsh conditions.
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    In general, only military and government officials can own motor vehicles in North Korea. Recently, there are reports that a select few private citizens were indulged with permits to own motor vehicles.
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    The border between North Korea and South Korea is the most militarized in the world.
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    In 1978, North Korean agents kidnapped South Korean film director Shin Sang Ok and his actress wife Choe Eun Hui, to create a film industry in North Korea. The couple escaped to the West eight years later, after having made dozens of propaganda films.
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    North Koreans born on July 8 and December 17 do not celebrate their own birthdays because these were the dates of the deaths of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il respectively.
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    North Korea is stressed for resources and lack sufficient fertilizers for its crops. So farmers are forced to use human feces as fertilizer.
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    North Korea operates under the “Juche” ideology. Juche, usually translated as "self-reliance", is the official political ideology of North Korea. It claims that an individual is "the master of his destiny". So, officially North Korea claims it is not a 'communist' nation
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    North Korea is known for its most cruel punishments even for trivial offences. In 2013, at least 80 people were publicly executed, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible. Political prisoners are usually sent to labor camps. If a person violates law, it is not uncommon to send the violator's innocent family members (grandparents, parents, and children of the violator) also to the camp.
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    Possession, purchase or use of marijuana is legal in North Korea as it is not classified as a banned substance.
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    USS Pueblo was attacked and captured by North Korean forces on 23 January 1968. Pueblo, still held by North Korea today, officially remains a commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. Since early 2013, the ship has been moored along the Botong River in Pyongyang, and used there as a museum ship at the Pyongyang Victorious War Museum. Pueblo is the only ship of the U.S. Navy still on the commissioned roster currently being held captive.
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    Kijŏng-dong ("Peace Village"), situated in the North's half of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), is an uninhabited village built in the 1950s in a propaganda effort to encourage South Korean defection. The buildings are concrete shells lacking window glass or even interior rooms, with building lights turned on and off at set times and empty sidewalks swept by caretakers in an effort to preserve the illusion of activity.
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    In the 1980s, the South Korean government built 323 ft tall flagpole with a 130-kilogram flag of South Korea on its side of the border (DMZ). The North Korean government responded by building an even taller one, the Panmunjom flagpole (525 ft) with a 270 kg flag of North Korea in Kijŏng-dong across the demarcation line from South Korea in what some have called the "flagpole war". For over a decade, the flagpole was the tallest in the world. Massive loudspeakers on each side of the border deliver propaganda broadcasts directed towards the other side.
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    Top 10 cities of North Korea (2015 est.)
    Pyongyang: 3.3 million
    Hamhung: 800,000
    Chongjin: 700,000
    Nampo: 390,000
    Wonsan: 375,000
    Sinuiju: 370,000
    Tanchon: 350,000
    Kaechon: 325,000
    Kaesong: 320,000
    Sariwon: 315,000