South Korea

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  • Area: 99,720 sq. km (38,502 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 50,924,172 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 0.53% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 82.4 years (2016)
  • Languages: Korean, English (widely taught in junior high and high school)
  • Religions: Christian 31.6% (Protestant 24.0%, Catholic 7.6%), Buddhist 24.2%, other or unknown 0.9%, none 43.3%
  • Formal name: Republic of Korea
  • Alternate names: Caoli, Chōsen, Chosŏn, Chyosyön, Corai, Coras, Coray, Corea, Corée, Coria, Dae Han Min Kuk, Daehan-Min’guk, Daehan-minguk, Dai Han, Hān, Han-kouo, Hanguk, Kan-koku, Kaoli, Kara no Kuni, Kōrai, Korea, Koreya, Koria, Korie, Korye, Koryŏ, Republic of Korea,
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state and head of government: Acting President and Prime Minister HWANG Kyo-ahn
  • Capital: Seoul
  • Administrative divisions: 9 provinces, 6 metropolitan cities, 1 special city, and 1 special self-governing city
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $36,500 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: semiconductors, petrochemicals, automobile/auto parts, ships, wireless communication equipment, flat display displays, steel, electronics, plastics, computers
  • Imports: crude oil/petroleum products, semiconductors, natural gas, coal, steel, computers, wireless communication equipment, automobiles, fine chemical, textiles
  • Currency: South Korean won (KRW)

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