Imports$3.528 billion (2010 est.)
Exports$2.557 billion (2010)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)NA%
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,800 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate-0.9% (2009 est.)
Telephones - mobile cellular431,900 (2010)
Population growth rate0.535% (2012 est.)
Population24,589,122 (July 2012 est.)
An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War.
Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula.
Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored Communist control....
North Korea, one of the world's most centrally directed and least open economies, faces chronic economic problems.
Industrial capital stock is nearly beyond repair as a result of years of underinvestment and shortages of spare parts.
Large-scale military spending draws off resources needed for investment and civilian consumption....
This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for North Korea, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Outlook for 2016-17 North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, will seek to consolidate his power base by purging those deemed critical of the regime. This includes the execution of a number of high-ranking ...