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KOREA - Republic of Korea, Taehan Min'guk

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LANGUAGE FACTS:

National or official language: Korean
Other spoken languages:
Literacy: Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.9%
male: 99.2%
female: 96.6% (2002)

THE PEOPLE:

Population: 48,598,175 (July 2004 est.)
Structure: 0-14 years: 20.4% (male 5,223,344; female 4,681,594)
15-64 years: 71.4% (male 17,625,302; female 17,072,029)
65 years and over: 8.2% (male 1,597,085; female 2,398,821) (2004 est.)
Ethnic groups: homogeneous (except for about 20,000 Chinese)
Religions: no affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucians 1%, other 1%

ECONOMICS:

Currency: South Korean won (KRW)

Major exports 2002
% of total
Major imports 2002
% of total
Electrical & electronic products
35.2
Electrical & electronic machinery
23.8
Passenger cars
9.0
Crude petroleum
12.9
Machinery & equipment
8.3
Machinery & equipment
12.1
Electrical & electronic products
7.6
Electrical & electronic machinery
8.1
Leading markets 2002
% of total
Leading suppliers 2002
% of total
China
18.1
Japan
20.3
US
17.7
US
13.9
Japan
8.9
China
12.3
Hong Kong
7.6
Saudi Arabia
5.2


GDP (US$ bn; market exchange rate)
605.0
Real GDP growth
6.3
GDP (US$ bn; PPP)
990.5
Real domestic demand growth
6.4
GDP per head (US$; market exchange rate)
12,620
Inflation
2.7
GDP per head (US$; purchasing power parity)
20,670
FDI inflows/GDP
1.2

THE COUNTRY

Government type: republic
Capital: Seoul
Independence: 15 August 1945 (from Japan)
National holiday: Liberation Day, 15 August (1945)
Legal system: combines elements of continental European civil law systems, Anglo-American law, and Chinese classical thought
Suffrage: 20 years of age; universal

For more information visit:

Ethnologue - Language background on KOREA
Country trivias - KOREA
Economics - KOREA

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