North Korea is in the news almost all the time. More often for all the wrong reasons, from Nuclear weapons to military testing and provocation of the South, through to the desperately poor population and defecting citizens, it is by far one of the most intriguing and secretive places on the planet. So, here are 8 things to get your mind thinking about the North in a whole new light.
1. Christmas is not a thing!
2. Valentine’s Day…is also not a thing
Similar to Christmas, Valentine’s Day has been ‘repurposed to suit the needs of the Workers Party. The month of February in fact, is a celebration of sorts, in aid of the ‘Generals Birthday’. So rather than a candle lit dinner, roses, and some jewelry, the women of North Korea give ‘her true love’ a case made from nylon thread that celebrated the Workers’ Party. If that doesn’t scream love from the hilltops, we are not sure what does. Featuring the Party slogan or words “Workers’ Party” inscribed in a crimson thread, nothing is so romantic.
3. The world is as we say, there isn’t anything else
4.The media make it up as they go along
From stating that Kim Jong-Il was born on a sacred Mount Parktu, 9,004 feet above sea level, the highest place in the Koreas. While at his death all the blizzards ceased, the sky glowed a bright red and the ice on the country’s great lakes cracked, so loudly that there was a shudder felt around the world. In fact, he was born in Serbia and died of a heart attack – just like a regular person.
5. Kim Jong-il Suffered From Little Man’s Disease
Standing at only five feet two inches, North Korea’s Supreme Leader had a complex, which was somewhat exacerbated by the fact that most women in the country were taller than him, not to mention every leader from every other nation.
6. The Average Lifespan for Men and Women Is Horrifyingly Low.
With, women living to 66 and men the ripe old age of 61, it is on average 10 to 20 years shorter than that of most other nations. Of course, the Supreme leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il went far beyond those numbers at 82 and 69, respectively. This can be largely put down the lack of public services, quality food and medical facilities available for people as they get into the later stages of their lives.