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North Korea Overview

Posted by in on 5-31-13

WARNING The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the US Department of State-Bureau of Consular Affairs advises against all travel to North Korea due to the uncertain security situation caused by North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime.

There is no resident Canadian or US government office in the DPRK. The ability of officials to provide consular assistance is extremely limited. (19 May 2013)

North Korea
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Capital     Pyongyang
Government     Juche unitary single-party state (de facto hereditary totalitarian dictatorship)
Currency     North Korean won (₩, KPW)
Area     120,540 km2
Population     24,052,231 (2011 census)
Language     Korean
Religion     Juche (state philosophy), Buddhism, Christianity
Electricity     220V/60Hz (European plug)
Country code     +850
Internet TLD     .kp
Time Zone     UTC +9
Emergencies     dial 819 (only some operators speak English)

North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) is a country in East Asia occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula that lies between Korea Bay and the East Sea (Sea of Japan). It borders China to the north, Russia to the north east and South Korea to the south.

Tourist travel to North Korea is only possible as part of a guided tour. Independent travel is not permitted. If you are not prepared to accept severe limitations on your movements, behaviour, and freedom of expression, you should not travel to North Korea.

Capital     Pyongyang
Government     Juche unitary single-party state (de facto hereditary totalitarian dictatorship)
Currency     North Korean won (₩, KPW)
Area     120,540 km2
Population     24,052,231 (2011 census)
Language     Korean
Religion     Juche (state philosophy), Buddhism, Christianity
Electricity     220V/60Hz (European plug)
Country code     +850
Internet TLD     .kp
Time Zone     UTC +9
Emergencies     dial 819 (only some operators speak English)

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