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South Korea Facts

  • Country Name: South Korea
  • Continent: Asia
  • Primary Language: Korean
  • Population: 51,709,098 (2019 estimate)
  • Currency: Korean Republic won (KRW)
  • GDP: 1.619 trillion (2018, World Bank)

26 South Korea Facts for Kids

  1. South Korea is a country on the continent of Asia.
  2. The official name for South Korea is the Republic of Korea.
  3. A native or resident of South Korea is called Korean or South Korean.
  4. The primary language spoken in South Korea is Korean.
  5. The capital city of South Korea is Seoul.
  6. The population of South Korea was 51,709,098 based on 2019 estimates.
  7. South Korea uses universal healthcare and has the second-best healthcare system in the world.
  8. According to estimates by the United Nations in 2019, South Korea was the 28th most populated country in the world.
  9. The national currency of South Korea is the Korean Republic won (KRW).
  10. In 2018, the World Bank estimated the GDP of South Korea was 1.619 trillion USD.
  11. According to estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Korea was 14th on the list of countries with the highest GDP (PPP) in 2019.
  12. The country of South Korea covers 38,502 square miles.
  13. South Korea is the 100th largest country by square miles.
  14. The largest city in South Korea is Seoul.
  15. Seoul in South Korea is 4th on the list of metropolitan areas with the highest GDP and is ranked as a global city.
  16. The highest point in South Korea is Hallasan Mountain at 6,388 feet.
  17. The longest river in South Korea is the Nakdong River at 320 miles.
  18. The largest lake in South Korea is Chungju Lake at 59 square miles.
  19. The government of South Korea is a unitary presidential constitutional republic.
  20. South Korea is divided into nine provinces.
  21. Drivers in South Korea drive on the right side of the road.
  22. The country calling code for South Korea is +82.
  23. The ISO 3166 code for South Korea is KR.
  24. The national anthem of South Korea is called “Aegukga” or “Love Country Song”, often referred to as “The Patriotic Song”.
  25. The motto of South Korea is “Hongik Ingan” or “To broadly Benefit Humanity/Devotion to Human Welfare” in English.
  26. According to results from a 2015 census, about 57% of South Korea’s population were atheist.

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