12 facts about North Korea, we tested

All "heard something" about North Korea, but all that we have - mostly rumors and speculation. Few can confirm or deny the shocking facts coming from the "reclusive kingdom."

However, something can be found. There is information from journalists major publications who send their reporters to meet directly with North Korea (to get into it is still possible, if you really try). There are numbers of international economic agencies. There are eyewitnesses who managed to escape with his harsh homeland.

12 facts about North Korea, we tested

Here is a selection of interesting facts about North Korea with links to very reputable sources that provided the information.

1. North Korea has recently established its own time zone: Standard time Pyongyang

Starting from August 15, the country lives on the Pyongyang time that coincides with the time, is used on the Korean peninsula to the Japanese government.

2. In order to "jump" from North Korea, you need to pay $ 8000

Since the beginning of the reign of Kim Jong-un, those who want to flee abroad, have to pay more. For example, to move to China is worth about $ 8,000. Average North Korea can not afford it, because GDP per person is $ 1800.

Of course, it is not legal "rate" - the price ask people helping to illegally cross the border of the country.

3. The annual cost of the late Kim Jong-il on brandy 800 times higher than the annual income of the average person in North Korea

Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-un's father reportedly spent £ 700,000 on Hennessi year. It is about 1, 2 million dollars.

The average annual income in North Korea is from $ 1000 to $ 2000. For our calculations, we have taken the amount of $ 1,500.

4. The North Koreans born after the Korean War, an average of 5 cm below the South Koreans

This difference in growth is explained by the fact that 6 million North Koreans are constantly in need of food, one third of the child population is chronically depleted.

5. North Korea claims that its population by 100% correctly

The term "literacy" means that a person over 15 years old can read and write.

6. The government approves only 28 kinds of hairstyle

According to "Time": "Women can choose from 14 models of married women wearing hair loose, ordered to be cut short, unmarried allowed to let a long and curly hair." Men are "forbidden to grow hair more than 5 cm, the elderly can leave a length of 7 cm."

7. The net asset value of Bill Gates' five times more than the entire GDP of North Korea

The net asset value of Bill Gates is 79.5 billion dollars. According to reports North Korea's GDP was 15.45 billion dollars. (The World Bank does not give official figures).

8. North Korea scored a goal in Brazil during the World Cup in 2010.

But her team lost 2-1.

9. The number of North Koreans are suitable for military service, more than the population of Norway is 2.5 times

Among the male population of 6, 515 million people are suitable for the service, including female - 6 418 million. In total, 12 933 million.

In Norway there are 5, 1 million people.

10. Only 2, 83% of North Korea have roads road surface

Roads in North Korea stretch for 25,554 kilometers, but only 724 kilometers are paved.

11. GDP per capita in Qatar 51 times higher than in North Korea

In 2014. GDP per capita in Qatar $ 92.400 was the highest in the world. Estimated GDP of North Korea per capita in 2013 was $ 1,800.

12. North Korea has been named the most corrupt country in the world - as well as Somalia

Corruption Perceptions Index produced annually. In 2014, Korea was named the most corrupt country in the world, as well as Somalia. 174 countries were rated from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (free of corruption). North Korea has received 8.