Country Portrait: South Korea

Country facts:

  • Full name: Republic of Korea
  • Capital: Seoul
  • Largest cities: Seoul, Pusan, Incheon
  • Population: 48.2 Mio
  • Growth rate: 0.362%
  • Age expectancy: 78.7 years
  • Languages: South Korean

South Korea did host the World Cup together with Japan in 2002. This was when the German team got second after losing the Finals to Brazil. Its Capital, Seoul, is the second largest Metropolitan area in the World. Korea has been divided into 2 states since the Korean War in the 1950s. This year both Koreas will be taking part with individual teams.

South Korea is most famous for it’s high technology. Historically, while the culture of Korea has been heavily influenced by that of neighbouring China, it has nevertheless managed to develop a unique and distinct cultural identity from its larger neighbour. The South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism actively encourages the traditional arts, as well as modern forms, through funding and education programs.

The industrialization and urbanization of South Korea have brought many changes to the way Korean people live. Changing economics and lifestyles have led to a concentration of population in major cities, especially the capital Seoul, with multi-generational households separating into nuclear family living arrangements. There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea.

Soccer is definitely not the post popular sports having to compete against all kinds of martial arts and baseball. However, the South Korean team has more than once kicked out a much better team in the international tournaments.



2 thoughts on “Country Portrait: South Korea

  1. Great header picture! I really was hoping to get to South Africa before moving back to States but I think I’m going to have to save it for another time.

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