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25 Interesting Facts About North Korea

Here are 25 Interesting Facts About North Korea.

1-5 Interesting Facts About North Korea

Shin Dong-hyuk- Interesting Facts About North Korea

1. Shin Dong-Hyuk is the only man in recorded history to escape a North Korean concentration camp in the “total control zone” and live to tell of it. He works tirelessly to alert the world to the vicious human rights abuses in North Korea’s brewing holocaust. – Source

2. Hoeryong concentration camp in North Korea currently holds 50,000 men women and children who suffer a level of slavery, torture and experimentation comparable to that of holocaust. – Source

3. North Korean “researchers” have concluded that North Korea is the second happiest country in the world behind China – Source

4. In North Korea citizens are forced to choose one of 28 government-approved haircuts. – Source

5. North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea. – Source

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Rŭngnado May First Stadium- Interesting Facts About North Korea

6. The largest stadium in the world, Rŭngnado May First Stadium, is located in Pyongyang, North Korea. In the late 90’s it was used as a venue to publicly burn several army generals that were implicated in an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Il. – Source

7. In North Korea it is the year 103, not 2014. This is because their calendar is based around the birth of Kim Il-Sung – Source

8. Kim Jong-Il’s personal sushi chef escaped from North Korea in 2001 by telling him that he wanted to buy a sea urchin to cook for him. He subsequently wrote a memoir about his experiences with Kim Jong-Il. – Source

9. North Korea holds elections every 5 years in which the ballots list only one candidate. – Source

10. During truce talks between North and South Korea, both parties would try to bring a bigger national flag than the other to each meeting. This went on until a special meeting was called to address the size of the flags, as they could no longer fit in the room. – Source

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Ryugyong Hotel- Interesting Facts About North Korea

11. For 20 years the tallest “hotel” in the world was a 105-story empty pyramid in North Korea. – Source

12. All teachers in North Korea in the 1990s were required to play the accordion and one needed to pass an accordion test before getting teaching certification. – Source

13. In North Korea, distribution, possession and consumption of cannabis is very legal, and is recommended as a healthier alternative to tobacco. “Visitors tell stories of marijuana plants growing freely by roadsides.” – Source

14. North Korea is a leading manufacturer of meth and uses its diplomats to deal. “A secretive government office called “Room 39″ manages illicit income, from such sources as meth exports (estimated worth: $100 million to $200 million per year) or scamming foreign businesses, which it then uses to quietly import high-quality food and liquor for Kim’s court.” – Source

15. There is a “three generations of punishment” sentence in North Korea. This means a person would be sent to the camp along with that person’s entire family and two subsequent generations of family members will be born in prison and live their entire lives there. – Source


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North Korean Army- Interesting Facts About North Korea

16. North Korea has the 4th largest army, the largest Special Forces and the largest submarine fleet in the world. – Source

17. When Switzerland refused to sell North Korea ski lifts, North Korea responded with calling it an instance of “serious human rights abuse” – Source

18. North Koreans who defect to South Korea get $10,000 to $28,000 “startup money. – Source

19. Potentially 3.5 million people have been killed so far in North Korea as a result of famine, forced labor, executions, and concentration camps. – Source

20. Literacy in North Korea is defined by the ability to write “Kim Il-Sung” – Source

21-25 Interesting Facts About North Korea

North Korea Rocket Launch- Interesting Facts About North Korea

21. North Korea has a space program and it only has a 20% success ratio. – Source

22. North Korea’s Prison Camps’ conditions are so bad that 20 to 25 per cent of the prison population dies every year – Source

23. Until 1972, North Korea’s official capital was Seoul in South Korea because they always planned to retake the south. – Source

24. Malaysians are the only nationality allowed to visit North Korea without a visa – Source

25. In March 2011 South Korea launched thousands of balloons over North Korea to release 3 million leaflets about the civil resistance in North Africa and the Middle East- Source

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