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North Korea

Capital: Pyongyang
Key Facts

Full name: The Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Population: 23.9 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 122,762 sq km (47,399 sq miles)
Major language: Korean
Major religions: Mainly atheist or non-religious, traditional beliefs
Life expectancy: 66 years (men), 72 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 won = 100 chon
Main exports: Minerals and metals, cement, agricultural products
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .kp
International dialling code: +850

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