Society

Articles devoted to examining all aspects of North Korean society, particularly the daily lives of the country’s ordinary citizens.

Wednesday 8th March, 2017
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North Korea is one of the few countries in the world where International Women’s Day is a national holiday – well, sort of....

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Thursday 16th October, 2014
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Who is the indispensable character in North Korean productions, and why?...

Monday 13th October, 2014
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What makes a dream home in North Korea? For the most part, "dream homes” in North Korea are precisely as the phrase goes – a dream....

Thursday 9th October, 2014
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Do ordinary North Koreans worry about Kim Jong-un's health?...

Tuesday 7th October, 2014
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The vehicles racing against the clock in North Korea....

Monday 6th October, 2014
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As the North Korean elites become older, so does their demand for drugs to improve sexual capabilities....

Monday 22nd September, 2014
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The brand of cigarettes people smoke in North Korea is yet another way to delineate between ordinary people and the elite....

Thursday 18th September, 2014
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Many mines in North Korea fail to properly treat waste water before releasing it into nearby rivers, recent refugees say....

Monday 15th September, 2014
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North Korea employs closed-circuit television (CCTV) to watch over security officers and ensure they use all means at their disposal......

Friday 12th September, 2014
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In North Korea, obtaining train tickets and travel permits during Chuseok require a heftier-than-usual amount of bribery, say recent refugees from the country....

Monday 8th September, 2014
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It is Chuseok in South Korea, a time when everyone expects to have to crawl along in bumper-to-bumper traffic....