North Korea... or South Korea?

For each statement, guess whether it applies to North Korea, South Korea, or both.
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Last updated: February 11, 2019
First submittedFebruary 10, 2019
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1. Is a dictatorship
North Korea
South Korea
Both
2. Has a larger land area
North Korea
South Korea
3. Has a larger population
North Korea
South Korea
4. Is considered a high income country
North Korea
South Korea
Both
5. Borders only one country
North Korea
South Korea
Both
6. Has hosted the Olympics
North Korea
South Korea
Both
Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988 and the Winter Olympics in 2018
7. About 25% of the population is Christian
North Korea
South Korea
Both
8. Is closer to Vladivostok
North Korea
South Korea
9. Has a star on its flag
North Korea
South Korea
Both
10. Was occupied by Japan from 1910–1945
North Korea
South Korea
Both
11. Its full English name is the "Democratic People's Republic of Korea"
North Korea
South Korea
Both
12. Its territory includes the island of Jeju
North Korea
South Korea
13. Has a very low level of ethnic diversity
North Korea
South Korea
Both
North Korea is the least diverse country in the world. South Korea is second.
14. Is sometimes known as the "Hermit Kingdom"
North Korea
South Korea
15. Has nuclear weapons
North Korea
South Korea
Both
16. Its capital city starts with the letter S
North Korea
South Korea
Both
17. Is known for "mass games" that feature over 100,000 gymnastic and artistic performers
North Korea
South Korea
Both
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Level 74
Feb 10, 2019
Great quiz, thank you!
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Level 63
Mar 23, 2019
Your welcome!
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Level 59
Feb 11, 2019
11 is a funny one.
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Level 65
Mar 28, 2019
Agree
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Level 50
Dec 2, 2019
yeahp hahaha irony at its finest
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Level 66
Feb 11, 2019
3% of people think North Korea is a high income country? LOL
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Level 64
Feb 12, 2019
HALF of all quizzers think South Korea is ethnically diverse. That is the real LOL.
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Level 80
Feb 13, 2019
North or South, we don't know each one's share of wrong answers.
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Level 63
Feb 27, 2019
I personally chose ONLY North Korea for the low ethnic diversity. Doesn't mean I thought South Korea would be very diverse but maybe a little bit. They have some big cities and are home to some internationally big companies. So why the heck not?
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Level 84
Mar 10, 2019
North Korea being the #1 least ethnically diverse country was not surprising. South Korea being #2 was. I didn't think it would be super diverse, but I thought it would at least be ahead of some remote island countries or something.
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Level 50
Dec 17, 2020
I thought the same. Big companies=foreign workers
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Level 68
Dec 2, 2019
Well, maybe 3% of quiz takers think North Korea is a high-income country. Or maybe quiz takers accidentally choose North Korea when they mean South Korea 3% of the time. (That's what I did.)
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2020
There is a possibility that someone didn't attempt the question.
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Level 66
Feb 12, 2019
Wow...first attempt, only 1 wrong. the Jeju one. I am litteraly surprised by my own knowledge of this. Lol.
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Level 44
Feb 12, 2019
What about which one is good Korea then the answer of course be North Korea😁
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Level 84
Mar 10, 2019
"Which Korea has won every single FIFA World Cup?"
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Level 27
Nov 24, 2020
North Korea has.
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Level 65
Feb 12, 2019
100%. I didn't think I'd get them all right because I blew through the questions in 30 seconds.
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Level 53
Mar 22, 2019
I only knew what Jeju was because of a previous Jetpunk quiz.
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Level 60
Mar 25, 2019
Because of the Busiest Air Routes Quiz right ?

I also got to know Jeju because of the same reason

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Level 68
Nov 24, 2020
yeah, that's still one of the most baffling answers on this site
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Level 60
Dec 7, 2020
I got it from doing the subdivisions of South Korea.
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Level 83
Mar 23, 2019
Aced this one. easy. Was working in the RoK in 2007
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Level 63
Mar 23, 2019
Was there then and still working there now^^
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Level 60
Mar 23, 2019
A lot of my relatives and my friend's relatives lives and works in South Korea. How can it be least diverse ?
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Level 83
Mar 23, 2019
Your family divided in to 51 million people isn't a large percentage.
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Level 27
Nov 24, 2020
True lmao
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Level 63
Mar 23, 2019
Most non-koreans living in korea are here short term and then back to their original country. It is definitely more diverse than when I got here in the early 2000s, but thats not saying much^^ Also the main foreign group in south korea are chinese koreans, who still dont make up a sizable number, and many of which are koreans culturally but simply were born/came from china.
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Level 83
Mar 24, 2019
They're so homogenous that even other Koreans who have lived abroad are called gyopos and sometimes not considered truly Korean.
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Level 16
Mar 23, 2019
nice quiz
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Level 66
Mar 23, 2019
Spoiler: all the answers are 'both'
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Level 55
May 17, 2020
Na
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Level 87
Jul 27, 2022
Even the ones that don't have that as an option?
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Level 32
Mar 24, 2019
...Marilyn Monroe
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Level 45
Mar 24, 2019
Nice quiz! I got 100%!
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Level 43
Mar 24, 2019
Since when is North Korea a democratic republic for the people?
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Level 53
Mar 24, 2019
Since when is China a republic for the people, since when were the Nazis socialist, since when is Australia's Defence Force used for defence, etc.
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Level 83
Mar 25, 2019
The number of adjectives in your country's name claiming it is democratic, republican, socialist, or for the people is inversely proportional to the actual amount of democracy in the country.
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Level 66
Nov 24, 2020
"United" States of America
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Level 60
Dec 7, 2020
Well, each state chose to join....eternally. Theoretically, a state could leave, but the federal government would not let that happen. Besides, the strongest independence movement is in Alaska, with about 4% of the population for it.
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Level 83
Jul 27, 2022
well we can't all be as cohesive as the Balkans or other parts of your continent.
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Level 50
Mar 25, 2019
I thought that North Korea also hosted the olympics, but I did some googling and found outh the 2018 winter olympics was in Pyongchang, South Korea. Not Pyonyang, North Korea.
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Level 62
Oct 28, 2019
What fooled me was that North and South Koreans competed as Korea in the winter games and North Korea sent a contingent of helpers (lots of happy girls in red outfits) to be part of the hosting activities. Though the location was South I had thought that officially the whole of Korea hosted.
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Level 57
Jun 5, 2021
That’s precisely why they went to the trouble of promoting it as PyeongChang, specifically to emphasise that it wasn’t P’yongyang!
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Level 67
Feb 28, 2020
Interesting how more people got question 8 right (Vladivostok) than question 5 (1 border) would have loved to have seen the thought proces.
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Level 71
Nov 24, 2020
Is close ≠ Shares a border

The USA is much closer to Havana than it is to Mexico City...

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Level 31
Jun 6, 2020
Hermit Kingdom should have referred to both Koreas, as the term is from before they were separate nations.

Now I know the term doesn't fit South Korea anymore, but North Korea is also not really known as the "Hermit Kingdom"

Both is most correct, but actually, both are no longer known as the hermit kingdom.

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Level 71
Nov 24, 2020
DPRK is known as the hermit kingdom.
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Level 63
Nov 30, 2020
That question made me twitch a bit. I've always heard the title "Hermit Kingdom" used for both Korea's in the same way as the United Kingdom is sometime referred to as "England". An old title from the Korean Kingdom from before the Japanese occupation.

The question makes sense towards the current countries with regards to North Koreas isolationist policies.

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Level 66
Nov 24, 2020
Obviously, North Korea is a horrific dictatorship that treats its people terribly, and I hope that those people gain their freedom and a fair chance at life as soon as possible, *but* if one can temporarily discard basic Human decency and compassion, North Korea is just soooooooo entertaining! I recently read "I was Kim Jong Il's Cook" by Kenji Fujimoto, written by a guy who, surprisingly, was Kim Jong Il's cook (bet you couldn't guess that from the title), and it's just hilarious and bizarre. I highly recommend it!
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Level 27
Nov 24, 2020
Nice quiz. I got 100%!
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Level 45
Nov 24, 2020
This quiz is awesome! can you make a series of quizzes that are like "this or that"
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Level 61
Nov 24, 2020
Just finished the book 'Nothing to Envy' last week. Truly recommendable if you want to learn more about North Korea through the eyes of defectors.
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Level 67
Nov 24, 2020
Awesome! I actually thought to myself upon finishing this quiz, "Wow, North Korea is fascinating. I really need to know more about it. I will get a book on it." And thirty seconds later I find your comment. Gonna order that book right now. Thanks!
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Level 60
Dec 7, 2020
There's a Youtube channel called Dimple that hosts North Korean defectors and they react to different videos and talk about their time in North Korea.
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Level 38
Nov 25, 2020
South Korea also hosted the Winter Olympics in 2018. In Pyeongchang
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Level 75
Nov 27, 2020
In the Marxist sense, South Korea is a dictatorship of capital.
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Level 56
Nov 17, 2021
Exactly, whether you classify something as a dictatorship is entirely subjective
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Level ∞
Jul 7, 2022
Everything is subjective. 2+2=4? That's just, like, your opinion man.
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Level 60
Dec 7, 2020
I'm actually shocked South Korea has so many Christians! I thought most people would be Buddhist!
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Level 27
Jan 4, 2022
why?
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Level 56
Mar 9, 2021
North Korea has hosted the Winter Olympics in 2018, so technically speaking both countries have hosted the Olympics
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Level 57
Jun 5, 2021
No, they haven’t. It was PyeongChang, South Korea.
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Level 56
Oct 5, 2021
Letter Q Scavenger Hunt Answer (see my blog)
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Level 40
Oct 24, 2021
11 lmao
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Level 27
Jan 4, 2022
North Korea has hosted the olympics in pyongyang,so the correct answer should be changed to "both" not "South Korea"
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Level 33
Jul 27, 2022
?? The Olympics were in Pyeongchang, South Korea, not Pyongyang. Perhaps you should do a quick Google search before writing completely incorrect comments.
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Level 44
Mar 29, 2022
Nice quiz, but North Korea is not a dictatorship. It is a democracy. The people vote for the "supreme leader".
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Level 58
Apr 30, 2022
i hope you're joking
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Level 33
May 27, 2022
According to Article 1 of the state constitution, North Korea is an "independent socialist state". It holds elections, though they have been described by independent observers as sham elections, as North Korea is a totalitarian dictatorship.

-Wikipedia

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Level 67
Jul 27, 2022
Liberated lol that's a good one.
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Level 40
Jul 27, 2022
100% correct 😎
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Level 17
Jul 30, 2022
interesting