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Ten interesting facts on North Korea

1. High mountains cover 80% ofNorth Korea. This earned it the name “a sea in a heavy gale” from European visitors, because of the mountain ranges crisscrossing the peninsula in succession.

2. North Korea maintains the world’s fourth-largest military force.

3. Kim Jong-Il is the current chief of state of North Korea and has been in power since 1994. He is the grandson of Kim Il-Sung, who has been named North Korea’s Eternal President.

4. Koreans revere Kim Il-Sung so much that in case of a house fire, his portrait will be the first occupant to be rescued.

5. When you visit Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, the first thing you should do is give a flower to Kim Il-Sung’s statue.

6. To keep the capital clean, dogs are banned in Pyongyang.

7. The country is the 10th largest fruit producer in the world.

8. Christianity and Buddhism are the most dominant religions in South Korea. But a large proportion of South Koreans claim no religious preference.

9. Most of the tourists that visit North Korea come from China, Russia, and Japan.

10. T’aekwondo is the most popular sporting activity in North Korea; ssirum, a wrestling style that is Korea’s traditional national sport, comes in second.