Here is what I found most surprising about this this Business Insider report was North Korea:
- North Korea has 100% literacy rate! ( skeptical )
- There are 28 state approved haircuts – 14 for woman & 14 for men – communism at its finest 🙂
- North Korea has the 4th largest standing army ( what about their nukes :-O )
- Only 2.83% of roads are paved in North Korea!
17 Mindblowing Facts About North Korea
Everyone’s heard about North Korea, the hermit kingdom that hangs off the southeast corner of China.
Condoleezza Rice called it an “outpost of tyranny.” George W. Bush said it was one-third of the “axis of evil.” And now James Franco and Seth Rogen are releasing a comedy about it, much to Pyongyang’s disapproval.
Despite all of that, we really don’t know that much about North Korea. But what we do know is rather mindblowing.
If North Korea’s capital were a US city, it would be the 4th-most populous.
North Korea has a 100% literacy rate.
The CIA defines literacy as “age 15 and over can read and write.”
According to that definition, the literacy rate is 100%.
There are 28 state-approved haircuts.
According to Time, “Women are allowed to choose one of 14 styles; married women are instructed to keep their tresses short, while the single ladies are allowed let loose with longer, curlier locks.”
Men are “prohibited from growing their hair longer than 5 cm — less than 2 inches — while older men can get away with up to 7 cm (3 inches).”
Kim Jong-il’s annual cognac expense was 800 times the average North Korean’s annual income.
Additionally, he reportedly owned 20,000 video tapes. That’s about 137 years of movies.
Kim Jong-il was a film buff who reportedly owned 20,000 video tapes. His favorites were said to have been Rambo, Godzilla, “Friday the 13th,” and “The Eternal Bosom of Hot Love.”
To simplify, we said that movies are on average 90 minutes long. That means that 20,000 tapes is about 137 years of movies.
Source: The Telegraph
North Korea scored a goal against Brazil in the 2010 World Cup.
But they ultimately lost, 2-1.
North Korea is about the size of Pennsylvania.
However, less than 20% of its land is arable. That’s about the size of New Jersey.
North Koreans born after the Korean War are about 2 inches shorter than South Koreans on average.
North Korea has the fourth-largest standing army in the world.
North Korea has an estimated 1.190 million men in its military. The United States military comprises approximately 1.369 million.
The total amount of people available for military service in North Korea is approximately equal to the population of Senegal.
Meanwhile, only 2.83% of the roads in North Korea are paved.
There are a total of 25,554 km of roads in North Korea, but only 724 km are paved.