North Korea Passport Ranking
The North Korean passport currently ranks at the 100th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It is considered one of the lowest ranking passports in the world. The position has dropped from the 78th spot in 2006 to the current ranking. North Korean passport holders have visa-free access to only 39 countries including Dominica, Madagascar and Seychelles. There are 187 destinations for which a North Korean passport holder requires to obtain a visa prior to traveling. That is the reason why the Passport Ranking is very low on the overall worldwide mobility score. For major destinations such as the USA and the European Union, North Koreans require to apply for a visa in advance. Visa applicants need to present documents such as proof of funds and return flight ticket.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is made of nine provinces. It is located in Eastern Asia and borders China, Russia and South Korea. The most significant provinces are South Pyongan, South Hamgyong and North Pyongan. The country has a total surface area of 120,540 square kilometers, making it the 30th largest country in the Asia. Its terrain is diverse with wide coastal plains, deep valleys and mountains. The climate is temperate with harsh winters.
The overall population is over 25 million people. The capital of the country is Pyongyang. It is also the most populous city with more than 2.9 million inhabitants. Other important cities are Hamhung, Chongjin and Nampo. The largest and only international airport currently is Pyongyang International Airport (FNJ). It hosts the national carrier Air Koryo. The airport connects Pyongyang to domestic destinations and to Beijing.
North Korean culture is dominated by the government and national pride. Religious beliefs are diverse between, Buddhist, Confucianist and Christianity. The official language is Korean. The legal system is the civil law based on the Prussian model with Japanese and Soviet influences. The government form is a dictatorship. The current chief of state is Supreme People’s Assembly President Choe Ryong Hae. The head of government is State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un. Elections take place every 5 years and are determined by the Supreme People’s Assembly.
The official currency is the North Korean won (KPW). Its current exchange rate is about 999 won to the USD. The country has a closed state-controlled economy. It generates a GDP of approximately $40 billion. The per capita income is $1,800. The largest portion of the GDP is generated by the industry sector. Almost all of the GDP is generated by the mining and military product industry. North Korea has very limited possibilities of export and is only trading with China. The main export product is coal.
North Korea has many historic and culturally unique attractions for tourists to explore. The country has a total of 2 UNESCO world heritage sites. Main touristic destinations are the demilitarized zone, Mount Myohyang-san, the Tower of Juche, the Kim Il Sung Square, the Pyongyang Metro and the Koryo Musem. North Korea only issues tourism visa when on an organized tour guided by state approved employees. There are about 200,000 yearly touristic visitors. The majority originating from China.