Country: North Korea

Population: 23,301,725

Capital: Pyongyang

Time Zone: UTC+9

Currency Name: North Korean won (KPW)

Government Type: Communist state one-man dictatorship

Languages: Korean

Ethnic Breakdown: racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese

Religion: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way); autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom

Major Cities: Pyongyang, Haeju

Phone Country Code: 850

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Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

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Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), February 16 (Kim Jong Il's Anniversary), February 18 (Public Holidays), April 15 (Kim Il-Sung's Birthday), April 25 (Army Day), May 1 (Labor Day), July 27 (Victory Day), August 15 (Liberation Day), September 9 (Independence Day), October 10 (Workers Party Founding Day), December 27 (Socialistic Constitution Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: All radios in North Korea have been rigged so listeners can only receive a North Korean government station.