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South Korea's Information

Flag of South Korea
Land Area 96,920 km2
Water Area 2,800 km2
Total Area 99,720km2 (#107)
Population 50,924,172 (#27)
Population Density 525.42/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $1,930.00 Billion
Currency Won (KRW)
Largest Cities
  • Name: South Korea
    (long form) Republic of Korea
  • Capital City: Seoul (9,794,304 pop.)
    (23,616,000 metro)
  • South Korea Population: 48,955,203 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
    (conversion rates)

    South Korean Won
    10000 won
  • Ethnicity: Korean
  • GDP total: $1.611 trillion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $32,400 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Korean (English widely taught in junior high and high school)
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Seoul, Pusan, Taegu, Incheon, Taejeon, Kwangju, Seongnam, Ulsan
  • Name: Korea's name comes from the Goryeo period; the country was known then as Koryo
  • National Day: August 15
  • Religion: Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist 23.2%, other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3%
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

South Korea Trivia

What are the Major Ethnic Groups of South Korea?

96% of the South Korean population is comprised by ethnic Koreans, while the largest groups of immigrants are from China and the United States.

Ethnic Minorities And Immigrants In South Korea

What is the Saemangeum Seawall?

The Saemangeum Seawall is a man-made dyke in South Korea that formed the Saemangeum estuary and it remains the country’s largest ever development project. The Government of South Korea mooted the project in the 1970s and commenced it in 1991 but construction finalized in 2010 after several challenges including environmental concerns.

What Is The Saemangeum Seawall?

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