Total Area: 120,538 km²
GDP (in million USD): 28,000
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly called North Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital is Pyongyang, the country's largest city by both land area and population.
Reconstruction of houses after the Korean War was given high priority, and dwellings have improved considerably. Rural mud-walled, thatched-roofed huts have been replaced by brick buildings with tile or slate roofs. Urban housing is classified into five groups that range from one room with a half-sized kitchen to free-standing houses with gardens. Workers, or "wage earners," are expected to live in apartments rather than houses, and housing projects are supported almost solely by the government. Heating systems in the apartments and urban water supplies are inadequate. Numerous high-rise buildings have been constructed in the larger cities, especially in Pyongyang. City streets are notably empty of motor vehicles and pedestrians, as the North Koreans have few leisure hours.