North Korean calendar

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The North Korean Calendar or Juche Calendar is the system of year numbering used in the DPRK (North Korea).

History[edit]

The Juche Calendar was introduced in 1997 and is based on Kim Il Sung's date of birth: 15 April 1912. This year is used as Juche 1 and the system works forward from there. There is no Juche 0. The Juche Calendar does maintain the Gregorian Calendar's traditional months and the number of days in a month. Hence, to calculate the Juche year from a Gregorian year after 1912, simply subtract 1911.

Examples[edit]

Juche Year Gregorian Year Dangun Year
1 1912 4245
51 1962 4295
100 2011 4344
101 2012 4345
102 2013 4346
103 2014 4347

Usage in practice[edit]

DPRK[edit]

In many instances of non-Korean usage the Juche year is given after the corresponding Gregorian year i.e. 12 June 2007 (Juche 96). However, most official DPR-Korean sources list the Gregorian year second as in 12 June Juche 96 (2007).

Coincidences[edit]

The Juche Calendar uses the same numbering system as the Minguo calendar which is used in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taishō which was used in Japan until Emperor Taishō died in 1926.