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flag South Korea South Korea: Introduction

Capital: Seoul


Total Population: 50,219,669
Natural Increase: 0.4%
Density: 516 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 82.2%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Seoul (24,472,000); Busan (4,292,000); Incheon (2,630,000); Daegu (2,512,000); Gwangju (1,500,000); Daejeon (1,443,000); Changweon (1,254,000).
Ethnic Origins: Korean 99%, others like Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamian, Thailanan, Philipinean, etc.: 1 %
Official Language: Korean
Other Languages Spoken: None
Business Language(s): English. But businessmen often read English better than they can speak it.
Religion: Population with religion: 53.1%
Buddhism 43.0%, Christianity 34.5%, Catholic 20.6%, Others 1.9%.

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Seoul

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)

Country Overview

Area: 100,150 km²
Type of State: Republic, Parliamentary democracy with a Presidential form of government.
Type of Economy: High-income economy, OECD member, Emerging Financial Market.
A model of an economy turned towards exports.
HDI*: 0.891/1
HDI (World Rank): 15/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From South Korea, Dial 001, 002, 008, 00365, 00700
To Make a Call to South Korea, Dial +82
Internet Suffix: .kr
Computers: 57.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 61.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 84.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 323,085425,212524,413519,584515,584
Exports of Goods (million USD) 363,534466,384555,214547,870559,632
Imports of Services (million USD) 79,52594,95699,970104,872105,922
Exports of Services (million USD) 72,46686,26694,063110,324111,783

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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