The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea or the DPRK) is a highly Militaristic Communist state located on the Korean Peninsula between northeast China and the Republic of Korea (South Korea or ROK), with land borders with China, Russia and South Korea. The Capital of North Korea is in the city of Pyongyang. In 1945, after World War II, Korea got split into two countries, North Korea and South Korea. In 1950, when the people who ruled the two halves of Korea could not agree on the country’s future, war broke out between north and south. Afterwards, North Korea became separated from South Korea. Presently they have different flags and a different Government.
North Korea is on the northern portion of the Korean, covering an area of 120,540 km² (46,541 sq mi). North Korea shares land borders with China and Russia to the north, and borders South Korea along the Korean Demilitarized Zone. To its west are the Yellow Sea and Korea Bay, and to its east is the Sea of Japan. Japan lies east of the peninsula across the Sea of Japan.
North Korea is the democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It has a communist Republic Government and a President. The population of North Korea in 1996 was 26, million. South and North Korea separated after the Civil war and made a border with barbed wire and armed guards. Korea is still separated but the governments are meeting to see if they can become united again.
North Korea is a single-party state with a Stalinist, authoritarian, and totalitarian regime. The governing party is the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, a coalition made up of three smaller parties, the Workers’ Party of North Korea, the North Korean Social Democratic Party and the Chondoist Chongu Party. These parties nominate all candidates for office and hold all seats in the Supreme People’s Assembly.
North Korea follows the Juche ideology, developed by Kim Il-sung, the country’s first president. North Korea’s highest point is Baekdu Mountain at 2,744 metres (9,003 ft). The longest river is the Yalu River which flows for 790 kilometres (491 mi)
North Korea shares the Korean language with South Korea. There are dialect differences within both Koreas, but the border between North and South does not represent a major linguistic boundary. A popular event in North Korea is the Mass Games. The most recent and largest Mass Games was called “Arirang”. It continues for six nights a week for two months, and involves over 100,000 performers. North Korea now has the fourth-largest army in the world.