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Transcript of North Korea
Language of North Korea is the Korean language (same as South Korea).
Approximately 78 million people speak Korean
The language was adapted with Chinese characters, known as "hanja".
Current dictator: Kim Jong-Un (assumed office December 2011)
Communist (where everyone has an equal social and economic status)
The government regulates much of the content its people see. Most people get their news from the KCNA (Korean Central News Agency), and most of North Korea's citizens don't know what a computer is. Also, the government tries to keep ideas from other places out of the country. Once, a man was put in jail for watching a movie with Jackie Chan in it.
The North Korean economy is poor in several ways.
Large amounts of money are spent on the military.
Poor weather causes poor farming, which causes poverty and food shortages.
Because of shortages, the country has little money to spend on community/public investments.
Approximately 400,000 refugees have fled to China because of the money and food shortages.
North Korea is officially non-religious.
About a quarter of the population is religious. These religions include:
Korean Shamanism: 16%
1 American dollar = 127 North Korean Won
The official currency in North Korea is the Won, also known as the "Chosun Won". It is divided into 100 "chon".
Mainly, North Koreans use either trolley cars or trams to travel to certain places.
Various jobs of North Koreans.
Cleaning slaughtered ducks
An apple juice bottling factory
Regular people farming
Military + Soldiers
Most men and women eventually join the military.
North and South Korea were once known as one kingdom, the Korean Empire.
Since Korea is close to both Japan and Russia, Korea became a part of Japan when Japan and Russia went to war.
Children go through one year of kindergarten, four years of primary education, six years of secondary education, and then on to universities.
A typical uniform consists of either a navy or white combination of clothing with a red bandana or scarf.
The military's budget is estimated to be around $5-10 billion.
Consists of 5 branches: Ground Force, the Navy, Air Force, Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force.
Free religious activities (activities or programs not funded or hosted by the government) are prohibited in North Korea.
The type of script shown above is known as "Hangul".
It was created in the 15th century.
Before 2001, the currency rate for the Won was 2.16 Won for 1 US dollar, which is said to be based off of Kim-Jong il's birthday, which is February 16.
When Japan left Korea, the Soviet Union and US sent soldiers to Korea. North, S.U. helped build North Korea. In the South, the US helped build South Korea.
North Korea sent soldiers to the South. They wanted to bring together the North and South again, and for the South to become communist, like the North and the S.U. After three years of fighting, the countries made an agreement. A demilitarized zone was formed, but occasionally soldiers from opposite sides still try to kill each other.