I’ve been intrigued with North Korea for a while now, before the recent drama with Kim Jong-Un’s warmongering. Their society seems like a real-life 1984- which is so interesting but also so tragic. Recently, I started reading the DPRK government website and even their FB page. Check those out- it is very interesting to experience some DPRK propaganda first-hand. Also, the book The Cleanest Race paints an understandable (and insane) picture of why the DPRK government does what it does, and how they maintain 1984-style control over the minds and spirits of their citizens.
I wish the best for all the innocents and good people living in that society.
Population and GDP of North Korea: CIA World Factbook
DPRK military spending: Globalsecurity.org
Population and GDP of South Korea: CIA World Factbook
Philosophies of the DPRK: The Official Webpage of the DPRK
Songbun (the DPRK caste system): Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System
Rights (or lack thereof) of citizens in the DPRK: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 (US Dept of State)
Access to electricity: Addressing the Electricity Access Gap (The World Bank)
Malnutrition in children: Preliminary Report of the National Nutrition Survey 2012 (DPRK, WFP, UNICEF, WHO)
Lifespan of North Koreans: “North Koreans live 11 years less than South Koreans” (Korean Times)
Household income from illegal small businesses- Asia Times Online
Food and famine stats: Famine in North Korea: markets, aid, and reform (Columbia University Press)
Democides of the Kim Il-Sung regime: Statistics Of North Korean Democide (R.J. Rummel)
Motivation of Kim Jong-Un: Kim Jong-un has made a decent fist of rattling the US (The Guardian)
Internal perceptions of Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung: The Cleanest Race