North Korea is perhaps the most isolated and least visited countries on earth. It is one of the last bastions of communism and still follows the ideology of Kim Il Sung, resisting any pressure to change and making it one of the most unique places on earth. A visit here will be tightly controlled by North Korean travel guides. The capital Pyongyang is a fascinating city characterised by monuments commemorating North Korea's leaders, ideology and war dead. Elsewhere, reminders of North Korea's long history can be seen at the Koguryo Tombs and Kaesong, capital of the Koryo dynasty, while present day political tensions with South Korea are visible at the demilitarised zone. Explore in depth highlights of North Korea.

Travel Information for North Korea
Time zone:GMT +9 (North Korean standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Korean
Currency: North Korean won (KPW)

1 = 150, $1 = 135, £1 = 179

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.kpInternational Dialling Code:    850

For help planning your trip to North Korea including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our North Korea trip planning page.

Further information on North Korea

Discover more about North Korea - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of north_korea

Total area: 120,540 sq km (130 sq km under water)

Coastline: 2,495 km (Korea Bay, Sea of Japan)

Neighbours (border lengths): China (1,416km), Russia (19km), South Korea (238km)

Climate: Temperate climate with cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers when rainfall is concentrated. Autumn and Spring are generally mild and dry.

Highest mountain: Paektu-san (2,744m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for North Korea from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 167/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 178/179
Press FreedomVery serious situation 177/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 174/174
Overall Ranking:    193/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)     Status: Independent Country

Population: 24,851,627 (rank: 49/196)     Density: 206.1 people/sq km (rank: 42/196)

Ethnic groups: racially homogeneous; there is a small Chinese community and a few ethnic Japanese

Religions: traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way)

GDP (PPP): $40 billion       GDP per capita: $1,800 (rank: 165/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.