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Korea at a Glance


Korea at a Glance
Country Name
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Capital
Seoul
Territory
100,210km2
Population
48,754,657 (July 2011 est.)
Language
Korean
Literacy
97.9%
Religion
Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhism 23.2%, Other 1.3%, None 49.3%
Climate
Continental temperate climate
Time Difference
GMT+9 hours
Political System
Republic
Economy
13th largest economy in the world (PPP) OECD member
Currency
Korean won
Flagship Industries
ICT, Electronics, Semiconductor, Automobile, Shipbuilding, Steel, Petrochemical, etc.

Major Economic Indicators

Major Economic Indicators
  2007 2008 2009 2010 World(2010)
Real GDP Growth (%)
5.1
2.3
0.3
6.2
4.2
GDP Per Capita (USD)
21,653
19,161
17,109
20,756
9,197
Export (USD 1 bil.)
326
379
433.5
373.6
12,460
Import (USD 1 bil.)
309.3
349.6
427.4
317.5
12,300
Current Account Balance (USD 1 bil.)
5.8
-5.7
42.6
26
 
Unemployment Rate (%)
3.3
3.3
3.2
3.7
8.7
Foreign Reserve (USD 1 bil.)
262
201
270
292
 
Exchange Rate
(Won-USD)
929
1,103
1,276
1,156
 
(Won-100Yen)
790
1,077
1,363
1,321
 
(Won-Euro)
1,273
1,607
1,774
1,533
 

Source : The Bank of Korea, Korea Customs Service (As of May 2011)