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Crazy facts that you might know about North Korea

North Korea is one of the few remaining totalitarian regimes in the world. Currently, North Korea has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The country’s leadership is in the process of aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons program, and this has put it at odds with other established administration including the US government, South Korean and Japanese authorities. Be that as it may, there are several interesting facts about North Korea that most of you might not know and this article will discuss some of these facts.

Biggest stadium in the world

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Most people might not know this, but the biggest stadium in the world is located in North Korea. The stadium in question is located in the country’s capital city of Pyongyang. North Korea’s largest stadium and by extension, the world’s largest stadium has a capacity of 150,000. This implies that at any one time, the stadium can accommodate 150,000 people.

Largest military in the world

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Another crazy fact about North Korea that most people do not know is the fact that the country boasts of having the largest military in the world. To appreciate the sheer size of North Korea’s military; we can compare it to that of the United States which currently stands at 1.5 million service men and women. In comparison, North Korea’s military boasts of 7.7 million military personnel, and this is more than triple the size of the US military regarding its active personnel members.

Three television channels

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North Korea is one of those countries that do not necessarily enjoy the freedom of information. Precisely, the country’s government strictly controls the flow of information, and this has been achieved through the fact that the government owns all of the television channels that operate in the country. In total, North Korea has only three state-owned TV channels. What is even more surprising is that these channels are not available to residents on a twenty-four-seven basis and some channels can only be viewed on weekends.

There is only a single candidate in the general elections

Democracy, North Korean style: Dictator Kim Jong-Un casting his vote in the capital Pyongyang (Image: EPA)

It is interesting to note that North Korea like many other countries holds its general elections once every five years. Be that as it may, North Korea is not what you can refer to as a democracy. This is because the country’s elections only involve a single candidate who happens to be the incumbent leader. This has served to undermine the democratic space in the country and limit space for anyone who might have divergent views that do not necessarily conform to the views of the governing authorities.

Marijuana is legal

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Marijuana is one of the most controversial drugs in the world. This is because while some authorities permit the use of the drug, others do not. North Korea happens to be one of those countries in which marijuana is considered a legal drug. In fact, North Koreans can purchase the drug from mainstream supermarkets thus underscoring its availability.

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