North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang is the nation's capital and largest city.
Ethnic Groups: racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese
Belief Systems: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)
Population: 24.8 million people (World Rank: 50th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 532 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 66th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.41 %/yr (World Rank: 169th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 63.8 years (World Rank: 184th) (2009 estimate)
Median Age: 33.1 years (World Rank: 62nd) (2010 estimate) Sites for More Information:
University of Texas Library
North Korea - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of North Korea
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Korea
North Korean Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.