Geographic coordinates : 330-430 NL, 1240-1310 EL
Area : 99,392 sq km (entire Korean Peninsula including North Korea: 222,154 sq km)
Climate : temperate, monsoon, four distinct seasons, and heavier rainfall in the summer.
Topography : hills and mountains cover nearly 70% of land, with over 3,000 islands.
Major cities : Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju, Daejeon, Ulsan, Suwon, Jeonju
Population: 47,925,000 (estimate as of July 2003), Population growth rate: 0.6%
Age structure: bell-shape
- 0-14 years : 20.28% (current estimate)
- 15-64 years: 71.44%
- 65 years and older: 8.28%
Chief of State: President Roh Moo-hyun (since 2003)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Goh Kun (since 2003)
Language : Korean, spoken by 70 million people and 5 million overseas Koreans.
Religion: Protestantism 39%, Catholicism 13%, Buddhism 46%, Confucianism 1%, Cheondogyo (the Religion of Heavenly Way) and others 1% (Source: National Statistical Office)