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Seoul Introduction

Seoul

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)