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:

North Korea is a sovereign country located on the northern half of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia.[1] 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.[2][3][4][5][6][7] 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 deceased leader Kim Jong Il. Relations are strongest with other officially socialist states: Vietnam, Laos, and China, as well as with Russia, 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 Arirang Festivals or "Mass Games" are government-organized events glorifying the regime, 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

Geography of North Korea

 China 1,416 km (880 mi)
 South Korea 238 km (148 mi)
 Russia 19 km (12 mi)
  • Coastline: 2,495 km (1,550 mi)

Environment of North Korea[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of North Korea

Natural geographic features of North Korea[edit]

Regions of North Korea[edit]

Regions of North Korea

Ecoregions of North Korea[edit]

Administrative divisions of North Korea[edit]

Administrative divisions of North Korea

Provinces of North Korea[edit]

Special Administrative Regions
Directly-governed cities

Provinces of North Korea

Second-level administrative districts of North Korea, by province[edit]
The second-level divisions of North Korea as of 2012
Pyongyang Directly Governed City[edit]

Pyongyang Directly Governed City

Rason Special City[edit]

Rason Special City

Chagang Province[edit]

Chagang Province

North Hamgyŏng Province[edit]

North Hamgyong Province

South Hamgyŏng Province[edit]

South Hamgyong Province

North Hwanghae Province[edit]

North Hwanghae Province

South Hwanghae Province[edit]

South Hwanghae Province

Kangwon Province[edit]

Kangwon Province (North Korea)

North P'yŏngan Province[edit]

North Pyongan Province

South P'yŏngan Province[edit]

South Pyongan Province

Ryanggang Province[edit]

Ryanggang Province

Municipalities of North Korea[edit]

Municipalities of North Korea

Demography of North Korea[edit]

Demographics of North Korea

Government and politics of North Korea[edit]

Politics of North Korea

Branches of the government of North Korea[edit]

Government of North Korea

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]

Foreign relations of North Korea

International organization membership[edit]

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a member of:[1]

North Korea is one of only seven U.N. members which is not a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Law and order in North Korea[edit]

Law of North Korea

Military of North Korea[edit]

Military of North Korea

Local government in North Korea[edit]

Local government in North Korea

History of North Korea[edit]

History of North Korea

History of North Korea, by period[edit]

History of North Korea, by year[edit]

List of years in North Korea 1948 1949 1950
1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960
1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970
1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

History of Korea, by region[edit]

History of Korea, by subject[edit]

Culture of North Korea[edit]

Culture of North Korea

Art in North Korea[edit]

People of North Korea[edit]

People of North Korea

Sports in North Korea[edit]

Sport in North Korea

Economy and infrastructure of North Korea[edit]

Economy of North Korea

Communications in North Korea[edit]

Communications in North Korea

Transport in North Korea[edit]

Transport in North Korea

Education in North Korea[edit]

Education in North Korea

Health in North Korea[edit]

Health in North Korea


Bibliography of North Korea

See also[edit]

North Korea


  1. ^ a b "North Korea". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Spencer, Richard (2007-08-28). "North Korea power struggle looms". The Telegraph (online version of UK national newspaper). London. Archived from the original on 2007-09-12. 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Baruma, Ian (2008-03-13). "Leader Article: Let The Music Play On". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 2011-08-11. 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