Top 5 DISTURBING Facts About North Korea

Written by Spencer Sher If you’re planning a trip to the hermit kingdom you might want to watch this video first… Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts. In this installment, we’re counting down the Top 5 Shocking Facts About North Korea. For this list, we’ll be looking at some surprising lesser-known facts about North Korea. Special thanks to our user 13bmaag and Abellewis27 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest/Top+10+Facts+About+North+Korea
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Top 5 Shocking Facts About North Korea


If you’re planning a trip to the hermit kingdom you might want to watch this video first… Welcome to WatchMojo’s Top 5 Facts. In this installment, we’re counting down the Top 5 Shocking Facts About North Korea.

For this list, we’ll be looking at some surprising lesser-known facts about North Korea.


#5: Pyongyang Is Only for the Elite


North Korea has very few cities. So you can imagine how frustrating it must be to be told you aren’t allowed to live in one of them. Pyongyang, the country’s biggest city as well as its capital, is home to roughly 3 million people. However, these aren’t just regular folks, they’re North Korea’s elite citizenries; and they aren’t all in one place by coincidence. You’re only allowed to live in Pyongyang if you’re a trustworthy and loyal citizen. Oh and it helps if you’re rich and in excellent physical condition.


#4: Very Few Roads Are Paved


Another grim reality of living in North Korea is the roads, or lack thereof. As it turns out, paving the roads doesn’t appear to be a top priority for this country. In fact, less than 3% of the country’s road network is paved. In total, North Korea has about 25,000 kilometers of roads, which means that only 750 of those kilometers are lucky enough to paved; which definitely makes a trip to grandmas house that much harder! Oddly enough, the country doesn’t really need many roads to begin with, as only designated people are allowed to own cars.



#3: Electricity Is Controlled


Ever since the invention of the light bulb our world has been permanently illuminated. Electricity flows like water, linking us together through a shared ability to turn on by simply flipping a switch. Now imagine that you flip that same switch and nothing happens. In North Korea, this is a common occurrence. The DPKR shuts down electricity at night, with obvious exceptions for top priority personnel and other high-ranking officials. Truthfully electricity can be spotty regardless of the time of day and some people may only receive a few hours worth from sunrise to sunset.



#2: The Three Generations Rule


Can you imagine a world where your entire family can be thrown into a prison camp for a crime you committed? Seems crazy right? Well if you’re a citizen of North Korea, it’s a reality. Known as the “three generations rule”, people who are convicted of crimes are sentenced to life in prison along with every member of their family. Oh, and the suffering doesn’t stop there. If members of that family were to reproduce the subsequent two generations must remain in prison for their entire lives!


#1: They Have Concentration Camps


You’d be hard pressed to find two words that when combined evoke the same emotional reaction as “concentration camp”. One would assume that after the horrors of WWII society would have permanently done away with them. Unfortunately, many countries still employ the technique and one of them is North Korea. It is estimated that roughly 150,000 to 200,000 people live and work in these concentration camps. Of those who enter 40% are said to die of malnutrition while being forced to perform backbreaking labor in horrible conditions. Sadly, the “three generations rule” is one of the primary reasons North Korean’s concentration camps are so overcrowded.
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