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Capital : Seoul
Language :  Korean
Currency :  South Korean won
Population : 50 801 405
Area : 100 210 km2

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South Korea facts

1. Independence from Japan was obtained on August 15, 1945.
2. The population density is 500 people / km2.
3. This country is 3.2 times smaller than Poland.
4. The main religion is Christianity – 29%.
5. The highest peak is Halla-san, 1950 m above sea level.
6. The longest river is Naktong-gang, 512 km.
7. Full name of the country – Republic of Korea.
8. The average temperature is in January -1 °C, in July 25 °C.
9. The motto of the country – “To benefit all people”.
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11. Most homes have underfloor heating.

12. Most of the buildings do not have 4 floors. This number is bad luck.

13. 63% of Koreans make all payments using the telephone.

14. Korea was divided into North Korea and South Korea after World War II in 1948.

15. Shops are open until late. Most up to 23:00, bars and restaurants up to 3:00 – 4:00.

16. Public transport is very well organized, fast, cheap and clean.

Author: Turyst

17. Tae-Kwon-Do is the national sport.

18. This is the first country where they have introduced digital textbooks.

19. Despite its close proximity to China and Japan, the country is not very vulnerable to earthquakes.

20. Korea is a very highly developed country. The Internet can be used even while driving.

21. Half of the population is Buddhists and the other half are Christians.

22. Koreans are compulsively playing online games.

23. Using red ink is a sign of something bad. Writing someone’s name to it means that this person will die. This is due to the fact that on the tombstones, information about the deceased is written in red.

Author: MR

24. Fruit prices are very high.

25. Koreans love sweet potatoes.

26. Tipping is not required.

27. South Korea celebrates the new year twice.

Author: MR

28. On Valentine’s Day, women give men small gifts (usually sweets), while men come back to you a month later, on March 14 in the so-called “White Day”.

29. It is common for men to wear ties, shirts and t-shirts in pink, which is not seen, as in the West, as a manifestation of gay.

30. Koreans (mainly men) have a rather unpleasant habit of spitting on the streets, sidewalks, etc.

Author: martengo

31. During Chinese New Year, you should eat soup with rice dumplings, so that we will be able to grow old in the coming year.

32. A foreigner who speaks a foreign language other than English is usually taken as a Russian.

33. In Korea, the Children’s Day is celebrated on the 5th of May, and the Parents Day on the 8th of May. May themselves are married in Korea as a family month.

Author: martengo

34. Koreans are relatively easy in learning Japanese because of the high similarity between Korean and Japanese

35. Koreans do not care about Christmas Eve. The Christmas shopping and consumption of Christmas cake is an obligatory Christmas point.

36. Sweet potatoes are used, among other things, to prepare cakes, lattes and pizzas.

Author: martengo

37. Tomato in Korea is considered a fruit, therefore it is not surprising to see cherry tomatoes on one paterze with apple, pineapple, orange, kiwi, etc.

38. In Korea, Ziaja cosmetics are purchased, which, however, are much more expensive than in Poland.

39. In Korea, drinking alcohol with older people than one should turn their heads a bit as a sign of respect for them.

40. Many Koreans think that Szopen and Maria Skłodowska Curie are of French descent.

41. A two-year military service for all Korean men is mandatory.

42. Dog meat, although consumed in Korea in restaurants, is relatively expensive and much less eaten than pork, beef or chicken. Not every Korean is his amateur.

43. Kim is the most popular surname in South Korea. They are worn by over 21% of the country’s population.

Author: martengo

44. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 9 place,
      – 2018 year – 7 place.

45. There are over 625 000 professional soldiers and 5,220,200 reservists (2018).

46. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 2300 tanks, 2800 armored vehicles, 1400 jet aircraft and 900 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 2655 tanks, 3480 armored vehicles, 1560 jet aircraft and 748 helicopters.

47. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $33,000,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $40,000,000,000 .

48. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 19 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 19 ships.

Author: Wojak

49. To avoid compulsory military service, “enough” to win a medal at the Olympics.

Author: ciekawy

50. In 21 Daegu schools, English teachers were replaced by robots.

Author: fakty

51. In South Korea, all electric fans have a built-in timer. The reason for this is the mistaken belief that a switched on fan at night can kill sleeping persons.

Author: CzarnyKot

52. In this country, over 45 314 000 (2015) 47 353 649 (2018) people have access to internet (around 92% of the population).

Author: NET

53. The richest part of Seoul is Gangnam. He is famous for many art clinics.

Author: oki

54. The Ministry of Information and Communication predicts that by 2020, at least one robot will be found in every South Korean home.

Author: Berta

55. The most popular “language break” is: Kan-jang-kong-yang kong-yang-yang-eun kang kong-yang-yang-ee-go, dwen-yu-kong-yang kong-yang-yang-eun kong kong-jang -jang-ee-da. This means: The president of the soy sauce factory is Kang, and the president of the bean paste factory is Kong.

Author: Poplątany Język

56. In this country, the world’s first “virtual” store was created, where instead of shelves there are screens on which the available goods are displayed. The customer selects products that automatically go to the cash register.

Author: Ada

57. The project for the construction of a “transparent” building was approved in South Korea. The construction, 450 meters high, is to be entirely covered with a system of cameras and LED panels.

Author: Izuś

58. McDonald’s provides food for the phone 7 days a week, 24 hours / day without additional fees.

Author: Izuś

59. Researchers in this country have proven that classical music accelerates the growth of plants.

Author: Ireneusz

60. In South Korea there is a tradition that the eldest son and their partners after marriage are living with their parents.

Author: Klaudia

61. In the early 1970s, the North Korean economy was better developed than the South Korean economy

Author: Fresz

62. Inhabitants of South Korea drink an average of twice as much alcohol from the Russians.

Author: Spina

63. The minimum wage is 5 580 WILL per hour (data from 2015).

Author: Daria

64. The amount of income tax in South Korea is 24.2%.

65. Men and women can retire at the age of 56-58.

66. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 3.8% .

Author: Daria

67. 30 Koreans have accumulated assets greater than a billion US dollars.

68. The richest of them is Lee Kun-Hee with assets worth over $11.3 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

69. In South Korea, an average person consumes about 12.3 liters of pure alcohol per year.

70. National alcohol is Soju.

71. The most beer is beer – 25%, then spirit – 3%, wine – 2%, and other alcoholic beverages – 70%.

Author: AlkoWorld

72. In this country, compulsory education lasts 9 years.

73. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

74. The average IQ level is 106.

Author: EduKacJa

75. The national tree is hibiscus.

Author: Alma

76. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 30 to 80 km / h.

77. In addition to built-up areas, the permitted speed on the normal road ranges from 60 to 80 km / h, and on highways from 80 to 120 km / h.

78. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

79. In 2014, 5 869 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.

80. 14.3% of fatal accidents caused people who were under the influence of alcohol.

81. In this country there are registered over 23,151,000 motor vehicles (449 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

82. In South Korea, adulthood is reached at the age of 19.

Author: Leah

83. In this country there are over 106 414 km of paved roads, including more than 4 044 km of expressways (0.17% of all roads in the world).

84. In this country there are 111 airports, 71 with paved surface.

85. The largest airport in South Korea is located in Seoul. Annually over 45 million people use it.

86. The fastest train in South Korea is Hanvit, which can travel at speeds up to 305 km / h (maximum speed 487.3 km / h).

87. In this country there are over 3,381 km of railway tracks.

Author: Marlène

88. In Seoul there are 3 metro lines with a total length of 472 km (392 stations). The oldest one was opened in 1974, and the newest in 2011. Annually, more than 2.6 billion people use it.

89. In six cities of South Korea there are metro lines (Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Incheon and Seoul).

Author: Marlène

90. About 16,000,000 (2015) 43 000 000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

Author: NET

91. The average speed of fixed internet is 20.5 Mb / s, and the maximum is 86,6 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

92. In this country over 7 200 (2015) 20,000 (2018) people have access to the internet ( about 00% of the population).

Author: NET

93. The national top-level domain is .kr . There are over 1,200,000 websites with such an extension.

Author: http

94. The most popular pages with the extension .kr are: google.co.kr, blogspot.kr and gmarket.co.kr.

Author: http

95. This country has 2018 over $402, 450,000,000 in foreign exchange reserves (3.14% of foreign exchange reserves all countries in the world).

96. South Korea has 104400 kg of gold reserves (2018).

Author: Vinamra

97. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $1 560 570 000 000 ,
      – 2018 is $1,531,000,000,000 .

98. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 36% GDP, or around: $561 805 200 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 38% GDP, or around: $581,780,000,000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $11,293.

99. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 of the year was around: $425 400 000 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $433 887 000 000 .

Author: Komornik

100. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 163 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

101. In this country you can vote from the age of 19.

Author: Firina

102. The tallest building in South Korea is the Northeast Asia Trade Tower in Incheon, 305 meters high (68 floors). It was built in 2010.

103. A building with a planned height of 555,7 meters (123 floors) is being built in Seoul. Completed to be in 2016.

104. In Seoul there are over 3,020 buildings with a height exceeding 35 meters.

105. There are currently 70 “skyscrapers” in Seoul (buildings over 150 meters high).

Author: BobBudowniczy

106. In this country there are 2.1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 1 081 823 people).

107. In South Korea, according to statistics, an average of one person reads 27 minutes a day.

Author: Reebeka

108. The lowest temperature: -32,8 °C was measured in Yangpyeong.

109. The highest temperature: 40 °C was measured in Daegu.

Author: weather

110. The most deadly disease in this country is liver cancer.

Author: medi

111. The average life expectancy in this country is 81.4 years (women – 84.6 years and men – 78 years).

Author: Wilga

112. In 2000, Kim Dae-Jung received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Author: redsun

113. In this country, women can get married at the age of 16, and men aged 18.

114. In this country, women having their first child on average 30.3 years old.

115. 10 women give birth to 13 children on average

Author: Nadia

116. The average age of people living in this country is 40.8 years.

117. The country is around:
7 056 000 people (13.69%) in the age range 0-14 years.
37 775 000 people (73.29%) in the age range 15-64 years.
6,710,700 people (13.02%) who are over 65 years old.

Author: Sara19

118. In this country, about 422,000 children are born each year (0.8% of the population), and about 348 000 people die (0.7% of the population).

Author: Sara19

119. In 2015, 14% of fatal accidents were caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol.

Author: Lutra

120. The percentage share in the global economy of South Korea in 2015 is 1.9% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Author: Setar

121. The country produces the best-selling vodka in the world called Soju.

Author: Luiza

122. Koreans bet on their own brands (shops such as h & m, bershka etc. are not very popular with them).

123. Until the 15th century, the basic alphabet was “chancha” from China. Currently used very rarely because of “Hangeulu”, which is much simplified.

Author: 벨어니가

124. South Korea is currently under martial law with North Korea.

125. Korean grammar is quite poor, but it will return a high courtesy system.

126. Koreans show much less sensitivity than Europeans or Americans. Rather, they do not hug in greeting and avoid unnecessary physical contact.

127. Korean cosmetics are a huge advantage of Korea (famous for their good quality and wonderful properties, they are popular all over the world and the Korean care technique is taught to children from an early age).

128. Plastic surgeries are very popular in Korea.

129. Korea has a very heavy learning system, lessons last from morning to evening, and extra hours of extracurricular activities make it impossible to find time to meet your needs. Therefore, depression is a well-known phenomenon that is most often manifested in adolescents and overworked adults.

130. Popular music is kpop (Korean pop).

Author: 벨어니가

131. Left-sided traffic was in force until April 1, 1946.

Author: AutoMania

132. In this country, a person of 12 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

133. In South Korea there are 17560 km2 of agricultural land (18% of the country).

134. 11 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

135. In this country, you can buy cigarettes from 19 years of age.

136. Taebaek is the highest located city in the country.

137. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1948.

138. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 22 days.

139. He joined the United Nations on September 17, 1991.

140. The work week is 40 hours.

141. 80% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

142. The last death penalty was completed in 1997.

Author: Statyk

143. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 40%, and for companies 25% (2018).

144. The tax on goods and services is 10% (2018).

145. The level of inflation in 2018 is 1.5%.

Author: Fan%

146. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 3,917,380 ₩.

Author: Daria

What is the highest peak in South Korea?
The highest peak in South Korea is Halla-san (1950 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in South Korea?
The largest river in South Korea is Naktong-gang, 512 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in South Korea?
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What is the national dish?
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Which South Korea has national colors?
National colors: white, red, blue and black.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
National alcohol is Soju.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
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What is the national sport?
Taekwondo is the national sport.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders South Korea?
South Korea borders with countries such as: North Korea 238 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 40.8 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
The minimum wage is 5 580 won per hour (data from 2015).

answer: Marta

What is the population density in South Korea?
The population density is 516 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
The motto of the country – “To benefit all people”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 40 ° C was measured in Daegu.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -32,8 ° C was measured in Yangpyeong.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 19.

answer: Marta