Outline of North Korea

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An enlargeable map of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to North Korea:

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea or the DPRK,[1] is a sovereign country located on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia.[2] To the south, separated by the Korean Demilitarized Zone, lies South Korea, with which it formed one nation until division following World War II. At its northern Amnok River border are China and, separated by the Tumen River in the extreme north-east, Russia. The capital of North Korea is the city of Pyongyang.

North Korea is widely considered to be a Stalinist dictatorship.[3][4][5][6][7][8] The country's government styles itself as following the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by Kim Il-sung, the country's former leader. The current leader is Kim Jong-un, the late president Kim Il-sung's grandson and son of recently deceased leader Kim Jong-il . Relations are strongest with other officially socialist states: Vietnam, Laos, especially China and Russia, as well as with Cambodia and Myanmar. Following a major famine in the early 1990s, due partly to the collapse of the Soviet Union (previously a major economic partner), leader Kim Jong-il instigated the "Military-First" policy in 1995, increasing economic concentration and support for the military.

North Korea's culture is officially promoted and heavily controlled by the government. The Mass Games are government-organized events glorifying its two leaders, involving over 100,000 performers.


General reference[edit]

An enlargeable relief map of North Korea

Geography of North Korea[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of North Korea
 China 1,416 km
 South Korea 238 km
 Russia 19 km
  • Coastline: 2,495 km

Environment of North Korea[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of North Korea

Natural geographic features of North Korea[edit]

Regions of North Korea[edit]

Ecoregions of North Korea[edit]

Administrative divisions of North Korea[edit]

Provinces of North Korea[edit]

Provinces
Special Administrative Regions
Directly-governed cities

Second-level administrative districts of North Korea[edit]
Associated First-level district City(-ies) County(-ies) Workers' District(s) District(s) Ward(s)
P'yŏngyang Directly Governed City N/A 4 counties: N/A N/A 19 wards
Rasŏn Directly Governed City N/A 1 county: N/A N/A 1 ward:
Chagang Province 3 cities: 15 counties: N/A N/A N/A
North Hamgyŏng Province 3 cities: 12 counties: N/A N/A N/A
South Hamgyŏng Province 4 cities: 15 counties: 1 district: 1 worker's district: N/A
North Hwanghae Province 3 cities: 16 counties: N/A N/A N/A
South Hwanghae Province 1 city: 19 counties: N/A N/A N/A
Kangwŏn Province 2 cities: 15 counties: N/A N/A N/A
North P'yŏngan Province 3 cities: 22 counties: N/A N/A N/A
South P'yŏngan Province 1 special city:

5 cities:

1 district: 2 workers' districts: 19 counties: N/A
Ryanggang Province 1 city: 11 counties: N/A N/A N/A
Kaesŏng Industrial Region N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kŭmgangsan Tourist Region N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sinŭiju Special Administrative Region N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Municipalities of North Korea[edit]

Demography of North Korea[edit]

Government and politics of North Korea[edit]

Main article: Government of North Korea and Politics of North Korea

Branches of the government of North Korea[edit]

Executive branch of the government of North Korea[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of North Korea[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of North Korea[edit]

Foreign relations of North Korea[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a member of:[2]

North Korea is 1 of only 7 U.N. members which is not a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Law and order in North Korea[edit]

Main article: Law of North Korea

Military of North Korea[edit]

Local government in North Korea[edit]

History of North Korea[edit]

Main article: History of North Korea, Timeline of the history of North Korea, and Current events of North Korea

Culture of North Korea[edit]

Art in North Korea[edit]

Sports in North Korea[edit]

Main article: Sports in North Korea

Economy and infrastructure of North Korea[edit]

Education in North Korea[edit]

See also[edit]

Main article: North Korea

References[edit]

  1. ^ Another acronym occasionally used in the media is DPRNK, as for Democratic People's Republic of North Korea.
  2. ^ a b "North Korea". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Richard (2007-08-28). "North Korea power struggle looms". The Telegraph (online version of UK national newspaper) (London). Retrieved 2007-10-31. "A power struggle to succeed Kim Jong-il as leader of North Korea's Stalinist dictatorship may be looming after his eldest son was reported to have returned from semi-voluntary exile." 
  4. ^ Brooke, James (2003-10-02). "North Korea Says It Is Using Plutonium to Make A-Bombs". The New York Times (online version of New York, United States newspaper). Retrieved 2007-10-31. "North Korea, run by a Stalinist dictatorship for almost six decades, is largely closed to foreign reporters and it is impossible to independently check today's claims." 
  5. ^ Parry, Richard Lloyd (2007-09-05). "North Korea's nuclear 'deal' leaves Japan feeling nervous". The Times (online version of UK's national newspaper of record) (London). Retrieved 2007-10-31. "The US Government contradicted earlier North Korean claims that it had agreed to remove the Stalinist dictatorship’s designation as a terrorist state and to lift economic sanctions, as part of talks aimed at disarming Pyongyang of its nuclear weapons." 
  6. ^ Walsh, Lynn (2003-02-08). "The Korean crisis". CWI online: Socialism Today, February 2003 edition, journal of the Socialist Party, CWI England and Wales. socialistworld.net, website of the committee for a worker’s international. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "Kim Jong-il's regime needs economic concessions to avoid collapse, and just as crucially needs an end to the strategic siege imposed by the US since the end of the Korean war (1950-53). Pyongyang's nuclear brinkmanship, though potentially dangerous, is driven by fear rather than by militaristic ambition. The rotten Stalinist dictatorship faces the prospect of an implosion. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, which deprived North Korea of vital economic support, the regime has consistently attempted to secure from the US a non-aggression pact, recognition of its sovereignty, and economic assistance. The US's equally consistent refusal to enter into direct negotiations with North Korea, effectively ruling out a peace treaty to formally close the 1950-53 Korean war, has encouraged the regime to resort to nuclear blackmail." 
  7. ^ Oakley, Corey (October 2006). "US is threat to peace not North Korea". Edition 109 - October–November 2006. Socialist Alternative website in Australia. Retrieved 2007-10-31. "In this context, the constant attempts by the Western press to paint Kim Jong Il as simply a raving lunatic look, well, mad. There is no denying that the regime he presides over is a nasty Stalinist dictatorship that brutally oppresses its own population. But in the face of constant threats from the US, Pyongyang's actions have a definite rationality from the regime's point of view." 
  8. ^ Baruma, Ian (2008-03-13). "Leader Article: Let The Music Play On". The Times of India. Retrieved 2008-03-27. "North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is one of the world's most oppressive, closed, and vicious dictatorships. It is perhaps the last living example of pure totalitarianism — control of the state over every aspect of human life. Is such a place the right venue for a western orchestra? Can one imagine the New York Philharmonic, which performed to great acclaim in Pyongyang, entertaining Stalin or Hitler?" 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of North Korea