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Protection & Enforcement of IPRs in North Korea

Democratic People's
Republic of Korea

  • 조선민주주의인민공화국 (Korean)
  • Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk
Motto: 
강성대국 (de facto)
"Kangsŏngdaeguk"
("Strong and Prosperous Nation")
Anthem: 
애국가
"Aegukka"
("The Patriotic Song")
Land controlled by the DPRK shown in dark green; land claimed but uncontrolled shown in light green.
Land controlled by the DPRK shown in dark green; land claimed but uncontrolled shown 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 Juche one-party republic under a totalitarian dictatorship[3][4][5][6]
Kim Jong-un[a]
Kim Jong-un
Choe Ryong-hae[b]
Choe Ryong-hae
Pak Pong-ju
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)[7] (97th)
• Water (%)
0.11
Population
• 2018 estimate
25,549,604[8][9] (55th)
• 2008 census
24,052,231[10]
• Density
212/km2 (549.1/sq mi) (45th)
GDP (PPP)2014 estimate
• Total
$40 billion[11]
• Per capita
$1,800[12]
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Total
$30 billion[13][14]
• Per capita
$1,300[14]
CurrencyKorean People's won (₩) (KPW)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Pyongyang Time[15])
Date format
  • yy, yyyy년 mm월 dd일
  • yy, yyyy/mm/dd (AD–1911 / AD)
Driving sideright
Calling code+850[16]
ISO 3166 codeKP
Internet TLD.kp[17]

North Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. It borders China and Russia to the north, at the Yalu (Amnok) and Tumen rivers; it borders South Korea to the south at the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Its western border is formed by Korea Bay and 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 country's capital and largest city.