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An East Asian country

  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is the official name of the country.
  • Pyongyang is its capital and largest city.
  • Dogs are banned in Pyongyang to keep it clean.
  • The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea.
  • Kim Jong-il adopted Songun, or a "military-first" policy in order to strengthen the country and its government.
  • Its highest point is Paektu-san Mountain at 2,744 metres (9,003 ft).
  • Its longest river is the Amnok River which flows for 790 kilometres (491 mi).
  • They began competing in the Olympics since 1964.
  • They boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in neighboring Seoul.
  • They have medaled in every summer Olympics in which they have participated.
  • One cannot turn off the Government radio in the country. Its volume can only be reduced.
  • The country has the fourth-largest military in the world, at an estimated 1.21 million armed personnel.
  • It has a literacy rate of over 99%.
  • It is the 10th largest producer of fruit.
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