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Korea, North (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)

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KOREA, NORTH (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
(pronounced - nawth kuh-ree-uh | nɔːθ kəˈrɪə)
OFFICIAL NAME: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
DEMONYMS: Korean, North Korean, Asian
North Korea is part of the Eastern Asia region in the continent of Asia. North Korea's name is believed to have derived from the Korean term meaning lofty, the local name of a tribe believed to have been called Guru or Gauri, and is also known as the Hermit Kingdom. It is in the Northern hemisphere and is 120.5 thousand square kilometres in size. The primary language spoken is Korean, the capital city is Pyongyang (P'yŏngyang), and the main currency used is the North Korean Won.
LGBTQIA+ Equality Index
Medium-Low
LGBTQIA+ Dollar
c.278 million
LGBTQIA+ Population
c.690.5 thousand
ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
No
RECOGNISE GENDER CHANGE
No
BANNING GAY CONVERSION THERAPY
No

Geography

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CAPITAL

Pyongyang

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REGION

Eastern Asia

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CONTINENT

Asia

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HEMISPHERE

Northern

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AREA

120540

(square kilometers)

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SURROUNDING OCEAN(S)

Pacific Ocean

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Name in other languages

learn the literal translations of the country’s name in twelve of the most popular languages
English Flag
English
Korea, North (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)
Mandarin Flag
Mandarin
朝鲜
Dutch Flag
Dutch
Noord-Korea
Spanish Flag
Spanish
Corea del Norte
Arabic Flag
Arabic
كوريا الشمالية
Portuguese Flag
Portuguese
Coreia do Norte
French Flag
French
Corée du Nord
Hebrew Flag
Hebrew
קוריאה הצפונית
Russian Flag
Russian
КНДР
German Flag
German
Nordkorea
Hindi Flag
Hindi
उत्तर कोरिया
Japanese Flag
Japanese
北朝鮮

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LAST UPDATED:  April 25, 2023
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  • There are currently no known issues or armed conflicts taking place within this country. It is advised that you consult your country's foreign or overseas department before you travel. Your government's ministry will provide you with the latest information and guidance as to whether it is safe to travel to this country (or to parts of it)
  • LGBTQIA+ travel discretion is advised. Though it is not illegal to identify as LGBTQIA+ or engage in same-sex relationships, it is always recommended that you carry out independent research before travelling
  • GENDER IDENTITY/EXPRESSION | The country does not have any laws in place regarding gender identity and expression
  • LGBTQIA+ ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS | This country has no anti-discrimination laws) in place. The lack of regulations means that there is no legal protection for those community members living or visiting from facing discrimination
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Government

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KOREA, NORTH (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성
The foreign office or ministry is typically a department within a government that focuses on promoting that particular country and what it represents worldwide. The department will often highlight national security, travel restrictions, visa requirements and all relevant foreign policies
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KOREA, NORTH (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
조선민주주의인민공화국 보건성)
The health office or ministry is typically a department or organisation within a government that focuses on all things relating to health. The department will often highlight travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, pandemics, outbreaks, and relevant health-related information
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  USEFUL PHRASES | GREETINGS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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GREETINGS
인사 [insa]
HI
안녕 [annyeong]
HOW ARE YOU?
잘 지냈어요? [jal jinaess-eoyo?]
GOOD MORNING
좋은 아침 [joh-eun achim]
I'M GOOD, AND YOU?
나는 좋아 너는? [naneun joh-a neoneun?]
GOOD AFTERNOON
안녕하세요 [annyeonghaseyo]
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
너 이름이 뭐니? [neo ileum-i mwoni?]
GOOD NIGHT
안녕히 주무세요 [annyeonghi jumuseyo]
MY NAME IS…
내 이름은 ...
WELCOME
환영 [hwan-yeong]
NICE TO MEET YOU
만나서 반갑습니다 [mannaseo bangabseubnida]
GOODBYE
안녕 [annyeong]
DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?
당신은 영어를하십니까? [dangsin-eun yeong-eoleulhasibnikka?]

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EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Korean
Official Language(s) spoken in North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)
The emergency service numbers within North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to call during an emergency
  • AMBULANCE - when someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk (emergency medical services and technical rescue)
  • POLICE - when you feel in danger, are in dangerous situations or have witnessed a crime (law enforcement, criminal investigation, and maintenance of public order)
  • FIRE RESCUE - when a fire occurs or where a person needs rescue (fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation)


Ambulance
AMBULANCE
구급차 (gugeubcha) (korean )

dial
119

Call Ambulance Service Now

Police
POLICE
경찰 (gyeongchal) (korean )

dial
110

Call Police Now

Fire
FIRE
불 (bul) (korean )

dial
119

Call Fire Service Now


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  USEFUL PHRASES | EMERGENCY

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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EMERGENCY
비상 사태 [bisang satae]
HELP ME
도와주세요 [dowajuseyo]
WHERE IS THE NEAREST HOSPITAL?
가장 가까운 병원은 어디 있습니까? [gajang gakkaun byeong-won-eun eodi issseubnikka?]
STOP
중지 [jungji]
WHERE IS THE NEAREST PHARMACY?
가장 가까운 약국은 어디 있습니까? [gajang gakkaun yaggug-eun eodi issseubnikka?]
HOSPITAL
병원 [byeong-won]
WHERE IS THE POLICE STATION?
경찰서가 어디 있어요?
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USEFUL INFORMATION

TELEPHONE DIALLING CODE

850

INTERNET SUFFIX

.kp

CURRENCY

NAME:
North Korean Won
SYM:
DIVISION:
100 chon

ELECTRICITY

VOLTS:
220
HERTZ:
50

ELECTRICAL PLUGS

NUMBER OF PLUG TYPES:
1
PLUGS USED:
Electricity Plug C

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CLIMATE

Pyongyang (Pyŏngyang)

Weather information

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MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE
MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
The average monthly temperatures are based on the recorded daily highs and lows for the given location
HIGH
The daily high temperatures are an average, based on the recorded high temperatures over many years
01| JAN
18.2°C | 64.7°F
02| FEB
18.1°C | 64.6°F
03| MAR
17.2°C | 62.9°F
04| APR
14.8°C | 58.6°F
05| MAY
13.4°C | 56.1°F
06| JUN
11.3°C | 52.4°F
07| JUL
10.5°C | 50.9°F
08| AUG
11.1°C | 52.0°F
09| SEP
12.1°C | 53.8°F
10| OCT
12.8°C | 55.1°F
11| NOV
14.2°C | 57.6°F
12| DEC
16.4°C | 61.5°F
LOW
The daily low temperatures are an average, based on the recorded lowest temperatures over many years
01| JAN
11.8°C | 53.3°F
02| FEB
11.6°C | 52.8°F
03| MAR
11.3°C | 52.4°F
04| APR
9.6°C | 49.2°F
05| MAY
8.3°C | 46.9°F
06| JUN
6.3°C | 43.4°F
07| JUL
5.7°C | 42.2°F
08| AUG
6.2°C | 43.2°F
09| SEP
6.8°C | 44.3°F
10| OCT
7.2°C | 44.9°F
11| NOV
8.1°C | 46.5°F
12| DEC
10.1°C | 50.1°F
SEASONS
Saisons (fr) | Jahreszeiten (de) | Estaciones (es) | Stagioni (it) | Seizoen (du) | Estação (pt)
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Spring SeasonSPRING
Printemps (fr) | Frühling (de) | Primavera (es) | Primavera (it) | Lente (du) | Primavera (pt)
March-May
Summer SeasonSUMMER
Été (fr) | Sommer (de) | Verano (es) | Estate (it) | Zomer (du) | Verão (pt)
June-August
Autumn SeasonAUTUMN
Automne (fr) | Herbst (de) | Otoño (es) | Autunno (it) | Herfst (du) | Outono (pt)
September-November
Winter SeasonWINTER
Hiver (fr) | Winter (de) | Invierno (es) | Inverno (it) | Winter (du) | Inverno (pt)
November-February
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  USEFUL PHRASES | INSTRUCTIONS

Common phrases and terms in the local language(s)
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INSTRUCTIONS
YES
예 [ye]
EXCUSE ME
실례합니다 [sillyehabnida]
NO
아니 [ani]
PLEASE
부디 [budi]
NO, THANK YOU
아니요, 감사합니다
SORRY
죄송합니다 [joesonghabnida]
MAYBE
아마도 [amado]
THANK YOU
고맙습니다 [gomabseubnida]

TIMEZONE

LAST UPDATED:  May 24,2024

TIMEZONE

UTC+9 (Asia/Pyongyang)

DST APPLIES

No

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TRAVEL RELATED

AIRPORT STATISTICS

TOTAL NUMBER OF AIRPORTS

5
TOTAL NUMBER OF HELIPORTS

0
TOTAL NUMBER OF SEAPLANE BASES

0

DRIVING

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Required
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  USEFUL PHRASES | DIRECTIONS & GUIDANCE

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DIRECTIONS AND GUIDANCE
오시는 길 및 안내
HOW DO I GET THERE?
내가 거기 어떻게? [naega geogi eotteohge?]
HOW MUCH IS THAT?
그건 얼마인가요? [geugeon eolmaingayo?]
HOW FAR IS IT?
얼마나 머니? [eolmana meoni?]
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
신용 카드를 수락하십니까? [sin-yong kadeuleul sulaghasibnikka?]
WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?
화장실은 어디 있습니까? [hwajangsil-eun eodi issseubnikka?]
I'M NOT INTERESTED
난 관심 없어
WHERE IS THE CLOSEST RESTAURANT?
가장 가까운 식당은 어디 있습니까? [gajang gakkaun sigdang-eun eodi issseubnikka?]
I DON'T UNDERSTAND
나는 이해하지 못한다. [naneun ihaehaji moshanda.]
HOW MUCH DO I OWE YOU?
내가 너 한테 얼마나 빚진거야? [naega neo hante eolmana bij-jingeoya?]

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LGBTQIA+ Terms

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Lesbian
레즈비언 [lejeubieon] (korean)
Gay Flag
Gay
게이 [gei] (korean)
Bisexual Flag
Bisexual
양성 애자 [yangseong aeja] (korean)
Transgender Flag
Transgender
트랜스 젠더 (korean)
Intersex Flag
Intersex
인터 섹스 (korean)
Asexual Flag
Asexual
성기이 없는 (korean)
Questioning Flag
Questioning
질문 (korean)
Community Flag
Community
커뮤니티 [keomyuniti] (korean)
Gender Flag
Gender
성별 관련 (korean)
Sexuality Flag
Sexuality
성 관련 (korean)
Non-Bingary Flag
Non-Binary
이진이 아닌 (korean)
Queer Flag
Queer
퀴어 (korean)
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