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  • Chosŏn Minchu-chui Inmin Konghwa-guk

    Political Status: Communist people’s republic established on September 9, 1948.

    Area: 46,540 sq. mi. (120,538 sq. km).

    Population: 25,611,000 (2018E—UN); 25,381,085 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Centers (2015E—UN): PYONGYANG (2,863,000), Hamhung (576,000), Chongjin (631,000).

    Official Language: Korean.

    Monetary Unit: North Korean Won (market rate October 19, 2018: 135.0 won = $1US). The currency was last revalued in 2009.

    Chair of the National Defense Commission: KIM Jong Un; served as de facto head of state from the death of President KIM Jong Il on December 17, 2011, until election to a five-year term by the Supreme People’s Assembly on April 13, 2012; reelected on April 9, 2014.

    President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly: KIM Yong Nam; elected to the newly created office by the Supreme People’s Assembly on ...

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