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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.

Languages: Korean

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%

Demographics:

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
Worldatlas.com

South Korea
United Nations

South Korea - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress

South Korea - General Information
Encyclopedia.com

Tourism:

Korean Food

Info for Traveling to South Korea

Travel Info for South Korea
Travelnotes.org

The National Folk Museum of Korea

Kimchi Museum

The Korean Folk Village

All About Kimchi

Korean Language Resources

Study in Korea

An Introduction to the Korean Language
by J. David Eisenberg

Korean Language and Korean Language Schools
From the Seoul Metropolitan Government Site

Government Related:

South Korean Embassy
in Washington D.C.

South Korean Government Web Sites
by Gunnar Anzinger.


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