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Flag of North Korea
Land Area 120,408 km2
Water Area 130 km2
Total Area 120,538km2 (#97)
Population 25,115,311 (#51)
Population Density 208.59/km2
Government Type Communist State
GDP (PPP) $40.00 Billion
Currency Won (KPW)
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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

B - G

  • Baik Bong writer
  • Li Byong-Uk Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Kim Chaek hero, politician
  • O Chin-u soldier, politician
  • Hyon Chol-hae military officer
  • Choi Chol-Su Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Ryang Chun-Hwa Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Ryom Chun-Ja Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Ri Chun-Ok Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Ahn Eak-tai composer, conductor
  • Ri Sung Gi chemist
  • Ri Gun diplomat
  • Li Gun-mo politician
  • Kim Kye Gwan diplomat
  • Li Gwang-Sik Olympic medalist, boxer
H - J
  • Hwang He-Suk Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Paek Yong Ho general secretary Red Cross Society of Korea
  • Sin Son Ho diplomat
  • Pak Tok Hun ambassador
  • Pak Hyon-Suk Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Yon Hyong-muk politician
  • Kim Yong Jae ambassador
  • Hwang Jang-yop politician, North Korean defector
  • O Jong-Ae Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Kim Jong-chul politician
  • Kim Jong-il former supreme leader (born in Russia)
  • Kim Jong-gak member of North Korean military, politician
  • Kim Jong-nam former leader of DPRK
  • Son Jong-nam North Korean defector, Christian missionary
  • Li Jong-ok politician
  • Rim Jong-Sim Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Kim Jong-un supreme leader
K - M
  • Pak Kil-yon diplomat
  • Kim II-sung founder, eternal president of the DPRK
  • No Kum-Sok officer North Korean Air force
  • Choi Kwang military leader
  • Kim Kyong-hui politician
  • Pak Kyong-sam politician
  • Sun Myung Moon religious leader
  • Han Myeong-sook former prime minister of S. Korea
  • Jo Myong-rok member of the North Korean military
  • Kim Myong-Suk Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Paek Myong-Suk Olympic medalist, volleyball player

N - R

  • Paek Nam-sun politician
  • Jong Ok-Jin Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Jang Ok-Rim Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Kang Ok-Sun Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Kim Pong-chol politician
  • Pak Pong-ju politician
  • Jon Pyong-ho politician
  • Choe Yong Rim premier of North Korea
  • Choe Ryong-hae politician, military official


  • Chu Sang-song politician
  • Baek Sok poet
  • Pak Song-chol politician
  • Kim Song-Guk Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Ri Song-Hui Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Hong Song-nam politician
  • Kang Song-san former premier
  • Jang Song-taek vice-chair of the NDC
  • Kim Su-Dae Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Choe Su-hon politician
  • Yu Sun-Bok Olympic medalist, table tennis player
  • Chang Sung-taek politician
T - W
  • Jong Thae-yang diplomat
  • Pak Tong-chun diplomat
  • Jo Tong-Sop coach of North Korean national football team
  • Kim Tu-bong politician
  • Kim U-Gil Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Pak Ui-chun politician
  • Kim Un-chol Olympic medalist, boxer
  • Kim Un-Guk Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Kyong Wonha nuclear scientist
Y - Z
  • Kang Yang Wook minister
  • Kim Yeun-Ja Olympic medalist, volleyball player
  • Hyon Yong-chol four star general
  • Kim Yong-Chun leader North Korean military
  • Francis Hong Yong-ho Roman Catholic Bishop
  • Ri Yong-ho military officer
  • Kim Yong-il politician
  • Kim Yong-ju politician
  • Choi Yong-Kun former chief commander of the Korean People's Army, politician
  • Ri Yong-mu vice-chairman National Defense Committee
  • Kim Yong-nam politician
  • Choe Yong-rim politician
  • To Yu-ho archaeologist
  • Om Yun-Chol Olympic medalist, weightlifter
  • Oon Yung diplomat
  • Kim Zung-Bok Olympic medalist, volleyball player

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

North Korea Trivia

What Type of Government Does North Korea Have?

The government of North Korea has been dominated by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea since 1948. It has been described as a socialist state and a totalitarian dictatorship.

What Type of Government Does North Korea Have?

Who is the Current Leader of North Korea?

Kim Jong-Un is the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, often called North Korea. He was born on either January 8, 1984 or July 5th, 1984, however, no literature has documented his exact date of birth.

Who is the Current Leader of North Korea?

What Is The Juche Ideology Of North Korea?

The Juche Ideology is North Korea’s official state ideology. The country’s government works on the basis of this ideology whose core principle states that “man is the master of everything and decides everything. Juche is also considered guide North Korea’s people to inculcate a “spirit of self-reliance” and take an “independent stand.”

What Is The Juche Ideology Of North Korea?

What Languages Are Spoken In North Korea?

Korean is the official and national language of North Korea. The Munhwaŏ dialect serves as the standard version of Korean spoken in North Korea. It was embraced as the standard language in 1966. Other dialects include the Pyongan Dialect and the Gyeonggi Dialect.

What Languages Are Spoken in North Korea?

What is the Biggest City in North Korea?

Pyongyang is North Korea's capital and largest city with more than 3 million residents.

Biggest Cities In North Korea

Which Is The Most Popular Religion In North Korea?

Officially, North Korea is an atheist state. 64.3% of the nation’s population is irreligious. Korean Shamanism, Chondoism, Buddhism, and Christianity have a significant presence in the country. The first two of these religions are practiced by 16% and 13.5% of the country’s population respectively.

Religious Beliefs In North Korea

About the Author

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