Where is North Korea?

Located in Eastern Asia, North Korea has a 1,607.00 km border with China (1,352 km), South Korea (237 km) and Russia (18 km). It has a 2,495.00 km coastline. Every year, tens of thousands of North Koreans cross into China to escape famine, economic privation, and political oppression.

North Korea is an Asian country covering 120,538.00 km2 of which 0.11% is water and 120,408.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 97th largest country in the world and slightly larger than Virginia; slightly smaller than Mississippi. Its geographic coordinates are 40 00 N, 127 00 E and Pyongyang is the capital city.

The name comes from the Chinese name for the Korean dynasty of "Goryeo".

Its ISO code is KP.


North Korea has a mean elevation of 600 m above sea level.

It has a temperate climate with increased rainfall in the summer and long, harsh winters. Its terrain is mostly mountainous, with wide coastal plains in the west.


North Korea has a population of 25,115,311 making it the 51st largest in the world. The country's population is concentrated in the plains and lowlands.

Korean is the official language. The ethnicity is reported as racially homogenous. The majority of the country practices Buddhist and Confucianist religious practices.

The dialing code for the country is 850.


North Korea is an independent country. It gained independence from Japan in 1945. Its constitution was last ratified in 1972.


The currency of North Korea is the Won (KPW).

Its major export partner is China. Its main exports are minerals, metallurgical products, textiles, and fishery products. Its major import partners are China and the Republic of the Congo. Its major imports include petroleum, coking coal, machinery, and textiles.

This page was last modified on January 21st, 2018