Did You Know?

  • As of 2011, the population of South Korea is approximately 49 million people.
  • 7 million Koreans live abroad, 2.3 million of which are in the United States.
  • South Korea has the world’s 14th largest economy. The country has progressed from basic industries such as cement, fertilizers, and industrial chemicals, to producing automobiles, electronics, iron, steel, shipbuilding and now to computer and technological products.
  • Hallasan, an extinct volcano nearly 6400 feet tall, is the highest point in South Korea.
  • Korea’s emphasis on education has raised the country’s literacy rate to 99%.
  • Korea developed the first digital textbook in the world, which will be distributed for free to every primary and secondary school nationwide by 2013.
  • Aegukka (The Song of Love of Country) was adopted as the national anthem on August 15, 1948.
  • Korea has the world’s highest estimated national IQ, with leading rankings in mathematics, science, problem solving, and reading, as declared by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
  • Korea has the most sophisticated IT infrastructure in the world and is renowned for information technology, with leading brand names such as Samsung and LG.