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Republic of Korea

  • 대한민국 (Korean)
  • Daehan Minguk
Motto: 
"홍익인간" (de facto)
"Hongik Ingan"
"Benefit broadly the human world"[1]
Anthem: 
"애국가"
"Aegukga"
"Patriotic Song"
National seal
"국새"

Seal of South Korea.svg
Land controlled by South Korea shown in dark green; land claimed but uncontrolled shown in light green.
Land controlled by South Korea shown in dark green; land claimed but uncontrolled shown in light green.
Capital
and largest city
Seoul
37°33′N 126°58′E / 37.550°N 126.967°E / 37.550; 126.967
Official languagesKorean (Pyojun-eo)
Korean Sign Language[2]
Official scriptKorean
Ethnic groups
(2019)[3]
Religion
(2015)[4][5]
Demonym(s)
GovernmentUnitary presidential
constitutional republic
• President
Moon Jae-in
Kim Boo-kyum
Park Byeong-seug
Kim Myeong-soo
Yoo Nam-seok
LegislatureNational Assembly
Establishment history
c. 7th century BCE
1 March 1919
11 April 1919
• Independence from Japan
15 August 1945
• US administration of Korea south of the 38th parallel
8 September 1945
15 August 1948
25 February 1988
• Admitted to the UN
17 September 1991
Area
• Total
100,363 km2 (38,750 sq mi) (107th)
• Water (%)
0.3 (301 km2 / 116 mi2)
Population
• 2019 estimate
Neutral increase 51,709,098[6] (27th)
• Density
507/km2 (1,313.1/sq mi) (13th)
GDP (PPP)2020 estimate
• Total
Decrease $2.293 trillion[7] (14th)
• Per capita
Decrease $44,292[7] (24th)
GDP (nominal)2020 estimate
• Total
Decrease $1.586 trillion[7] (10th)
• Per capita
Decrease $30,644[7] (26th)
Gini (2016)Positive decrease 35.7[8]
medium · 93rd
HDI (2019)Increase 0.916[9]
very high · 23rd
CurrencyKorean Republic won (₩) (KRW)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Korea Standard Time)
Date format
  • yyyy년 m월 d일
  • yyyy. m. d. (CE)
Mains electricity220 V–60 Hz
Driving sideright
Calling code+82
ISO 3166 codeKR
Internet TLD
Preceded by
Fifth Republic of Korea

South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula, and sharing a land border with North Korea. About 25 million people, around half of the country's population of 51 million, live in the Seoul Capital Area.