South Korea

South Korea Background Stats

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  • Independence day date: Date.
  • Land border length: The length of each country's land border. Islands are listed as having a 0.0 km.
  • National anthems: National anthem.
  • National identity card: Description.
  • Neighboring countries and territories: The countries and territories neighboring each country. "L" means they share only a land border and "M" means they have only maritime boundaries. A blank means they share both.
  • Number of maritime boundary neighbours: Number of states and territories with which each country shares a maritime border. Two countries separated from each other by a body of water have a maritime border with each other.
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Full name The Republic of Korea 2013
Independence day date August 15 1945
Land border length 238 km 2014 149th out of 200
National anthems Aegukga ( The Patriotic Song ) 2011
National identity card Korean citizens are issued a national ID card when reaching adulthood (typically when he/she reaches the age of 19 under East Asian age reckoning ). This card will have a unique "Citizen's Registration Number" ( jumin deungnok beonho ; Korean : \uc8fc\ubbfc\ub4f1\ub85d\ubc88\ud638 - see main article Resident registration number (South Korea) ). The first six numbers indicate the citizen's date of birth, while the last seven numbers includes information such as where the birth was registered. This number is used by Korean citizens for all forms of record-keeping, including online. 2004
Neighboring countries and territories China (M) Japan (M) North Korea 2014
Number of maritime boundary neighbours 3 2014 85th out of 171

South Korea has developed into one of Asia's most affluent countries since partition in 1948. The Communist North has slipped into totalitarianism and poverty.

The Republic of Korea was proclaimed in August 1948 and received UN-backed support from the US after it was invaded by the North two years later.

The Korean War ended in 1953 without a peace agreement, leaving South Korea technically at war for more than fifty years.

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