South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.
Ethnic Groups: homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)
Belief Systems: Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist 23.2%, other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3%
Population: 49 million people (World Rank: 27th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 1291 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 23rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.384 %/yr (World Rank: 172nd) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 78.7 years (World Rank: 55th) (2009 estimate)
Median Age: 37.8 years (World Rank: 40th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of South Korea
University of Texas Library
South Korea - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of South Korea
Travel Info for South Korea
Korean Language Resources
An Introduction to the Korean Language
by J. David Eisenberg
Korean Language and Korean Language Schools
From the Seoul Metropolitan Government Site
South Korean Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger.
South Korean Embassy
in Washington D.C.