25 Facts about Life in North Korea

North Korea always grabs the headlines among all kinds of news today. From nuclear attack threats to its neighbors to power changes within the government, North Korea has always kept the world leaders on high alert in the last few years. However, the everyday life of the North Korean people has always been a secret to the world. The following are some interesting and really Funny North Korean facts that you might not have heard –



1.There is no electric power available at night and most homes only get a few hours of electricity every day.


2. In 2014, South Korean Christians put up a Christmas tree visible from the North Korean Border. North Korea responded by calling it a “tool for psychological warfare” and threatened to bomb it.


3.North Korea has one of the largest armies in the world, surpassed only by India, China, and the United States.


4. North Korea claims to have sunk the heavy cruiser USS Baltimore and even preserved the ship that “sunk it” in a museum. The USS Baltimore was never deployed to Korea and was scrapped in 1972.


5.North Korea is the only country to have been caught cheating at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Twice.


6.The North Korean military dug tunnels into South Korean territory. Before they got discovered they painted the sides of the tunnels black and claimed they were digging for coal.


7.In 1978 Kim Jong-Il kidnapped a South Korean film director in Hong Kong to jump start North Korea’s film industry. The director managed to escape 8 years later during a film festival in Vienna.


8.The most famous film to be produced as a result of his kidnapping was a Godzilla ripoff called Pulgasari in which a small rice doll grows into a huge mythical creature that helps the peasants of the land overthrow their monarch. Kim Jong-Il was executive producer.


9.According to Kim Jong-Il’s official biography he was born on Mount Paektu under a double rainbow as a new star appeared in the sky.


10.North Korea has a vast network of informants who monitor their fellow citizens and report to authorities. Unauthorized access to TV broadcasts has been punished by execution.


11. One of the weird North Korea facts is that the North Korean people can only have one of the 28 approved haircuts only. While married women are allowed multiple options when it comes to haircuts, unmarried women can only have short hair. A Taiwanese website WantChina Times reports that the young men in North Korea can only have less than 2 inches long hair while older men can have 2 3/4 inches long hair.

11.Kim Jon-un killed his uncle by throwing him naked in a cage of 120 hungry dogs. He then killed his entire blood line.

12.Only military and government officials can own motor vehicles

13.In North Korea it is the year 103, not 2014. This is because their calendar is based around the birth of Kim Il-Sung.

14.There are only 3 TV channels in North Korea. One is broadcast only in the evenings while the other two are available only on weekends.

15.North Korea uses a fax machine to send threats to South Korea.

16.North Korea is following 3 accounts on Twitter. Two are propaganda and the other is a 25 year old American from Texas. Nobody knows why.

17.North Korean “researchers” have concluded that North Korea is the second happiest country behind China.

18.Blue jeans are illegal in North Korea because they are a symbol of American imperialism.

19.The Imjin River, located on the Korean peninsula, is nicknamed “The River of the Dead” in South Korea because dead bodies from North Korea are commonly disposed of in the river. The corpses then flow down the river and wash up on South Korean shores.

20.During a meeting with the UN, North Koreans came with AK-47s under their jackets. Instead of confronting them American officers turned up the heat in the room to make them sweat under their heavy clothes.



21.The only country where cannabis is completely legal and du jure is North Korea.

22.There is a “three generations of punishment” sentence in North Korea. This means a person would be sent to the camp along with that person’s entire family and two subsequent generations of family members would be born in prison and live their entire lives there.

23.In 1976, North Korean soldiers murdered two American officers who were trying to trim a tree in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The U.S. responded by sending a 813-man task force to cut the tree down.

24.Thousands of North Koreans faced six months in labor camp for not being upset enough about death of Kim Jong-il.

25.Every North Korean household and business is outfitted with a government-controlled radio that cannot be turned off, only turned down.


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