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Brief Facts About Korea, North


North Korea is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK). The Korean Demilitarized Zone marks the boundary between North Korea and South Korea. Below are 35 interesting facts about North Korea, its uniqueness, history, economy, education, government, leaders and strategies.

#1. Interestingly, you can smoke Marijuana legally in North Korea. It is not even classified as a drug in the country.

#2. On January 23, 1968, North Korea captured “USS Pueblo (AGER-2),” a Banner-class environmental research ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy. It is the world’s only nation to capture and retain a U.S. Navy ship to date.

#3. North Korea does not use the Gregorian calendar, which is also known as the Western calendar and the Christian calendar. They have their own calender in place. The Juche calendar was introduced in 1997, and is based on Kim Il-Sung’s date of birth: April 15, 1912. The year 2015 was the 104th year, as per their Juche calendar.

#4. The North Korean city of Pyongyang has the world’s largest stadium, boasting a seating capacity of 150,000. This stadium is used for football, athletics and mass games.

#5. Surprisingly, haircuts are also approved by the supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, in North Korea. There are only 28 styles of approved haircuts from which to choose in North Korea. Men can choose from 10 different styles, while women have 18 different options.

#6. History tells us that only two South Koreans have moved to North Korea, while more than 23,000 North Koreans have defected to the south over the course of the last 60 years.

#7. Kim Il-Sung scammed Sweden out of 1,000 Volvo 144 sedans in 1974, and to date has never made the payment.

#8. They have their own computer operating system: North Koreans use “Red Star OS,” which is offered in only the Korean language.

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