Everyone’s heard about North Korea, the hermit kingdom that hangs off the southeast corner of China.
Condoleezza Rice called it an “outpost of tyranny“. George W. Bush said it was one-third of the “axis of evil“. And now James Franco and Seth Rogen are releasing a comedy about it, much to Pyongyang’s disapproval.
Despite all of that, we really don’t know that much about North Korea. But what we do know is rather mindblowing.
The CIA defines literacy as 'age 15 and over can read and write'.
According to that definition, the literacy rate is 100%.
According to Time, 'Women are allowed to choose one of 14 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed let loose with longer, curlier locks.'
Men are 'prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 cm -- less than 2 inches -- while older men can get away with up to 7 cm (3 inches)'.
Kim Jong-il was a 'film buff' who reportedly owned 20,000 video tapes. His favourite are reported to have been Rambo, Friday the 13th, Godzilla and 'The Eternal Bosom of Hot Love'.
To simplify, we said that movies are on average 90 minutes long. That means that 20,000 tapes is about 137 years of movies.
Source: The Telegraph
But they ultimately lost 2-1.
19.08% of North Korea's land is arable. That's about 8879.83 square miles. New Jersey is 8722.58 square miles.
You can see the size comparison of New Jersey to Pennsylvania to the right.
This height difference is attributed to the fact that 6 million North Koreans are in need of food, and one-third of children are chronically malnourished.
Source: USA Today
It is estimated that the North Korean army has approximately 1.190 million men in their army. The United States has approximately 1.369 million.
There are 6.515 million males available for military service and 6.418 million females available. Collectively, that's 12.933 million.
The population of Senegal is 13.3 million.
There are a total of 25,554 km of roads in North Korea, but only 724 km are paved.
The total roads are 25,554 km. The circumference of Mercury is 15,329 km.
The distance between Cleveland and New York is 463 miles. There are 724 km of paved roads in North Korea, which is approximately 450 miles.
The CIA report states that 23.4% of North Korea's GDP is composed of agriculture. This includes rice, corn, potatoes, soybeans, pulses, cattle, pigs, pork, and eggs.
However, 6 million people are in need of food according to the World Food Programme.
Qatar's GDP per capita is $US102,100. This is the highest GDP per capita.
North Korea's GDP per capita is $US1,800.
The Corruption Perceptions Index is released annually. In 2013 North Korea, Somalia, and Afghanistan were named the most corrupt nations.
A score between 0 (highly corrupt) and 100 (very clean) is given to 177 countries and territories. North Korea scored an 8.
Source: CPI 2013
Cory Solomon of Prairie View, Texas flips a calf in the tie-down roping event, July 14, 2013.
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