Wednesday, February 24, 2010

More On North Korea

They just released some data from a U.N. promoted census. It isn’t pretty.

… The country's population has proportionately fewer children and more middle-aged people …

It also reported that people are less healthy.

Babies are more likely to die …  though North Korea's rate is still well below the world average …

… Households, with an average of 3.9 people in each …

The typical home is 50 to 75 square meters in size (540 to 800 square feet). About 85% of homes have access to running water and about 55% have a flush toilet.

The military … mostly conscripts who are required to serve 10 years.

North Korea hasn't shared meaningful information about its economy or its financial system with the outside world since the early 1960s. [emphasis added]

Read the whole thing in The Wall Street Journal.

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