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South Korea

Official English Name: Republic of Korea

Official Local Name(s): 대한민국

Common English Name: South Korea

Capital: Seoul

REGION
Eastern Asia
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
North Korea (North)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Yellow Sea (West)
Sea of Japan/Eastern Sea (South and East)
TOTAL AREA
99,720 km2 (97.2% land, 2.8% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
238 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
2,413 km
CLIMATE
Temperate
TERRAIN
Mostly hills and mountains
Coastal plains in the south and west
HIGHEST POINT
Halla-san (1,950 m)
LOWEST POINT
Sea Level
NATURAL RESOURCES
Coal
Tungsten
Graphite
Molybdenum
Lead
Hydropower
NATURAL DISASTERS
Typhoons
Earthquakes
Volcanic activity
DEMONYM
Korean
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Korean (96.9%)
Japanese (2.0%)
Chinese (0.4%)
American (0.2%)
Mongol (0.1%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
Korean
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
English
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Atheist (30.5%)
Buddhist (24.8%)
Protestant (20.0%)
Indigenous (9.6%)
Roman Catholic (9.1%)
POPULATION
50,801,405
LARGEST CITY
Seoul (10,297,138)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Busan (3,553,768)
Incheon (2,983,484)
Daegu (2,513,970)
Daejon (1,535,191)
Gwangju (1,490,654)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Republic
HEAD OF STATE
President Park Geun-hye
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
9 Provinces
6 Metropolitan cities
1 Special city
1 Special self-governing city
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
15 August 1945 (from Japan)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Taegeuk
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Aegugka
GDP PER CAPITA
$36,500 (USD)
CURRENCY
₩ (South Korean Won)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = ₩1176.85
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.kr
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+82

South Korean culture has been influenced by ancient Chinese culture and modern Western culture.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ks.html (Majority of information)

https://joshuaproject.net/countries/KS (Ethnic and religious data)

http://kosis.kr/eng/ (National population data)

http://kosis.kr/eng/statisticsList/statisticsList_01List.jsp?vwcd=MT_ETITLE&parentId=A (City population data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 30 November 2016