ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN NORTH KOREA
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
National name: Choson Minjujuui Inmin Konghwaguk
Land area: 46,490 sq mi (120,409 sq km); total area: 46,540 sq mi (120,540 sq km)
Population (2008 est.): 23,479,089
Capital and largest city (2003): Pyongyang, 3,222,000 (metro. area), 2,767,900
Monetary unit: won
Ethnicity/race: racially homogeneous; small Chinese community, a few ethnic Japanese
Religions: Buddhism and Confucianism; religious activities almost nonexistent
National Holiday: Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, September 9
Literacy rate: 99% (1990 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $40 billion note: North Korea does not publish any reliable National Income Accounts data; the datum shown here is derived from purchasing power parity (PPP) GDP estimates for North Korea that were made by Angus MADDISON in a study conducted for the OECD; his figure for 1999 was extrapolated to 2007 using estimated real growth rates for North Korea's GDP and an inflation factor based on the US GDP deflator; the result was rounded to the nearest $10 billion; per capita $1,900. Real growth rate: -1.1%. Inflation: n.a.
Korea is a 600-mile (966-km) peninsula jutting out from Manchuria and China (and a small portion of the USSR). North Korea occupies an area—slightly smaller than Pennsylvania—north of the 38th parallel.
The country is almost completely covered by a series of north-south mountain ranges separated by narrow valleys. The Yalu River forms part of the northern border with Manchuria.
The ancient history of the Korean peninsula can be traced to the Neolithic Age, when Turkic-Manchurian-Mongol peoples migrated into the region from China. The first agriculturally based settlements appeared around 6000 B.C. Some of the larger communities of this era were established along the Han-gang River near modern-day Seoul, others near Pyongyang and Pusan. According to ancient lore, Korea's earliest civilization, known as Choson, was founded in 2333 B.C. by Tan-gun.
In the 17th century, Korea became a vassal state of China and was cut off from outside contact until the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. Following Japan's victory, Korea was granted independence. By 1910, Korea had been annexed by Japan, which developed the country but never won over the Korean nationalists, who continued to agitate for independence.
After Japan's surrender at the conclusion of World War II, the Korean peninsula was partitioned into two occupation zones, divided at the 38th parallel. The USSR controlled the north, with the U.S. taking charge of the south. In 1948, the division was made permanent with the establishment of the separate regimes of North and South Korea. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) was established on May 1, 1948, with Kim Il Sung as president.
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