Capital: Pyongyang

Population: 24 million (estimated in 2015)

Currency: North Korean Won (KPW)

Official Language: Korean

Main Religion: Buddhism

Ethnic Groups: Korean, Chinese (small minority)

Largest Cities: Pyongyang, Hamhung, Namp’o, Hŭngnam

Main Sport: Football, Wrestling, Arirang

Political System: Communist State, Dictatorship

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Chosun People’s Army Foundation Day (February 8)

Birth date of Kim Jong-Il, or the Day of the Shining Star (February 16)

The 15th of the first month by the lunar calendar, or Cheongwoldaeboreum (February 22)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Chungmyung Day (April 4)

Birth date of Kim Il-Sung, or the Day of the Sun (April 15)

Korean People’s Army Foundation Day (April 25)

Chosun Children’s Union Foundation Day (June 6)

Day of Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (July 27)

Liberation Day (August 15)

Day of Songun (August 25)

National Day (September 9)

Han’gawi Holiday (September 15)

Party Foundation Day (October 10)

Constitution Day (December 27)