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Protection & Enforcement of IPRs in North Korea

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
조선민주주의인민공화국 (Korean)
Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk (MR)
Motto: 강성대국
Kangsŏngtaeguk
"Strong and Prosperous Nation"
Anthem: 애국가
Aegukka
"The Patriotic Song"
Territory controlled by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in dark green; territory claimed but not controlled in light green
Territory controlled by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in dark green; territory claimed but not controlled in light green
Capital
and largest city
Pyongyang
39°2′N 125°45′E / 39.033°N 125.750°E / 39.033; 125.750
Official languagesKorean (Munhwaŏ)[1]
Official scriptChosŏn'gŭl[2]
Religion
State atheism
Demonym(s)
GovernmentUnitary Jucheist one-party socialist republic under a totalitarian hereditary dictatorship
Kim Jong-un[a]
Choe Ryong-hae
Kim Tok-hun
Pak Thae-song
LegislatureSupreme People's Assembly
Formation
3 October 1945
8 February 1946
22 February 1947
• DPRK established
9 September 1948
27 December 1972
• Admitted to the UN
17 September 1991
27 April 2018
Area
• Total
120,540 km2 (46,540 sq mi)[3] (97th)
• Water (%)
0.11
Population
• 2018 estimate
25,549,604[4][5] (55th)
• 2008 census
24,052,231[6]
• Density
212/km2 (549.1/sq mi) (45th)
GDP (PPP)2015 estimate
• Total
$40 billion[7]
• Per capita
$1,800[8]
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Total
$30 billion[9][10]
• Per capita
$1,300[10]
CurrencyKorean People's won (₩) (KPW)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Pyongyang Time[11])
Date format
  • yy, yyyy년 mm월 dd일
  • yy, yyyy/mm/dd (AD–1911 / AD)
Driving sideright
Calling code+850[12]
ISO 3166 codeKP
Internet TLD.kp[13]

North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is a country in East Asia. It constitutes the northern half of the Korean Peninsula and shares borders with China and Russia to the north, at the Yalu (Amnok) and Tumen rivers, and South Korea to the south at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The country's western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. North Korea, like its southern counterpart, claims to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula and adjacent islands. Pyongyang is the capital and largest city.