|Area Total||99,720 sq km|
|Climate||temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter; cold winters|
|Natural Resources||coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential|
|Imports||China 20.5%, Japan 11.5%, US 10.5%, Germany 4.2%, Saudi Arabia 4.1% (2017) – crude oil/petroleum products, semiconductors, natural gas, coal, steel, computers, wireless communication equipment, automobiles, fine chemicals, textiles|
|Population||51,835,110 (July 2020 est.)|
|Language||Korean, English (widely taught in elementary, junior high, and high school)|
|Exports||China 25.1%, US 12.2%, Vietnam 8.2%, Hong Kong 6.9%, Japan 4.7% (2017) – semiconductors, petrochemicals, automobile/auto parts, ships, wireless communication equipment, flat displays, steel, electronics, plastics, computers|
News about South Korea
- Gov't to lower age of eligibility for COVID-19 treatment pills from 65 to 60: PMby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The government will lower the age of eligibility for COVID-19 treatment pills from 65 to 60 to better contain the spread of the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum said Friday.
- Number of foreigners staying in Korea decreases 3.9% in 2021by KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The number of foreign nationals staying in South Korea shrank nearly 4 percent on-year in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Korea Immigration Office said Wednesday.
- Gov't encourages Korean residents in Ukraine to evacuateby Jung Da-min (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised the travel-alert level for 12 provinces in southeastern Ukraine to Level 3, the second-highest in the four-tier system. On Tuesday, the foreign ministry held an emergency online meeting with the Korean Embassy in Ukraine and other ministries to discuss how to protect Korean residents there amid a heightening chance […]
- Gov't standard for vaccination completion confusingby Bahk Eun-ji (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The government's frequently changing quarantine guidelines are prompting confusion while health authorities have implemented a new medical response system due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Starting Wednesday, it changed the criteria and rules for those who are considered vaccinated, and those who have had close contact with confirmed patients.
- Omicron surge sparks distrust in vaccineby Lee Hyo-jin (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Korea saw the number of daily coronavirus infections surpass 10,000 for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, driven up by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said Tuesday's tally stood at 13,012, including 12,743 local transmissions, breaking the all-time record of 8,571 daily […]
- Rescuers discover another missing person at collapsed construction site in Gwangjuby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Rescue workers found one person trapped under rubble at the site of a collapsed apartment building under construction in the southwestern city of Gwangju on Tuesday.
- Yoon rebounds, Lee stagnates in pollsby Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Main opposition People Power Party (PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol is quickly rebounding in his support rate despite allegations involving his family members, while ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) candidate Lee Jae-myung is failing to break above the 40 percent mark.
- Justice Party candidate Sim pledges middle power diplomacy, lambasts Lee-Yoon TV debate as undemocraticby Ko Dong-hwan (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung acknowledges that Korea's geopolitical position and stance are situated uneasily between the United States and China, but she doesn't view that fact pessimistically. She says that there is still room for Korea as a middle power to make its voice heard and influence global affairs, and that, if elected, she will try to […]
- Switzerland offers collaboration with Korean biopharmaceutical companiesby Kwon Mee-yoo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
- Mid-campaign break makes Sim bolder progressive standard bearerby Kang Hyun-kyung (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung took a five-day break in mid-January. For a presidential candidate on the campaign trail, taking a hiatus for five days without reaching out to voters seemed like something akin to a gamble - if not a detrimental move.
- Seizure of smuggled drugs hits record high in 2021by KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Drug smuggling uncovered by the South Korean customs agency hit a record high last year as trafficking via non-contact delivery means shot up amid the COVID-19 pandemic, data showed Wednesday.
- Korea's childbirths hit record low in Novemberby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The number of babies born in South Korea fell to a record low in November last year, data showed Wednesday, underpinning the country's gloomy demographic situation with the chronically low birth rate.
- Daughter joins Ahn Cheol-soo's presidential campaignby Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Ahn Surl-hee, the daughter of People's Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, joined her father's election campaign, by uploading YouTube video clips of herself to enhance communication with supporters.
- Man gets 7-year prison term for selling marijuana on dark webby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for forming a criminal organization and distributing marijuana in South Korea through the dark web, a court said Wednesday.
- [INTERVIEW] 'I will end the era of super-presidents:' Sim Sang-jungby Ko Dong-hwan (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Presidential candidate Sim Sang-jung, a politician who focuses on representing the grassroots, has vowed to end Korea's era of “super-presidents” if elected, to make more people's voices heard in the legislature. Having stood for workers, women, sexual minorities and other vulnerable groups for over 20 years as a lawmaker, Sim criticized the country's […]
- Former North Korea sanctions coordinator to head US embassy hereby Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
United States Ambassador to Colombia Philip S. Goldberg is expected to be the new top U.S. envoy to South Korea, a post which has been vacant for more than a year, according to sources, Wednesday.
- Over 100 dogs rescued from dog meat farms find new homes in US, Canadaby Lee Hyo-jin (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
INCHEON - Russell the dog was once destined to be food, as he was locked up in a dirty wire cage on a dog meat farm in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. But his fate changed after being rescued last October, and he was put on a flight bound for Toronto in search of a new family three months later. Russell is among the 110 canines that were rescued from dog […]
- Moon not to hold New Year press conference to focus on handling Omicronby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
President Moon Jae-in will not hold a New Year's press conference as he focuses on handling the COVID-19 situation with the highly transmissible Omicron variant becoming the dominant strain in Korea, a senior presidential official said Monday.
- Japanese Embassy returns Moon's New Year gift over 'Dokdo image' on boxby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has refused to accept South Korean President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift, claiming the gift's box bears an image of South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, Japanese news reports said Saturday.
- Moon returns home after Middle East tripby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
President Moon Jae-in returned home Saturday from a three-nation trip to the Middle East, where bolstering economic and defense cooperation was high on his agenda.
- Daily cases climb to over 7,000 for 1st time in a month amid Omicron fearsby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Daily COVID-19 cases jumped to over 7,000 for the first time in a month Saturday amid the fast spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
- Will angry Buddhist monks calm down?by Ko Dong-hwan (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
It all started with a ruling party lawmaker comparing a Buddhist temple with a blind con artist who appears in a popular Korean folktale. Last year, Rep. Jung Chung-rae of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) likened Haein Temple on Mount Gaya to Bongi Kim Seon-dal, a popular Korean folklore character known as one of the most brilliant swindlers of the […]
- Moon to return home without K-9 howitzer deal with Egyptby Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
CAIRO - President Moon Jae-in will return home from his eight-day trip to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, without inking a deal with Cairo on exports of Korea's K-9 self-propelled howitzers.
- Court rules against Lee-Yoon TV debateby Kang Hyun-kyung (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The Seoul Western District Court ruled in favor of minor People's Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo in his request to ban three TV broadcasters - namely KBS, SBS and MBC - from hosting and airing a one-on-one TV debate between two presidential candidates.
- S. Korea, UAE hold high-level talks on forming joint bidding team for nuclear energy projectsby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a high-level meeting on Wednesday and agreed to establish a joint bidding team for nuclear energy projects in third-party countries, the foreign ministry said.
- Outspoken political commentator joins Justice Party againby Jung Da-min (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
An outspoken political commentator has joined the minor opposition Justice Party again, two years after he left the progressive political group to protest its approval of the Moon Jae-in government's appointment of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk, when the corruption scandals surrounding the former minister and his wife had reached a fever pitch.
- New Gwanghwamun Square to open in July with fresh attractionsby KoreaTimes (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul will reopen in July after completing over 1 1/2 years of renovation that will more than double the total area, including tripling the space for trees and other plants, the city government said Tuesday.
- Ahn Cheol-soo fires shot at Yoon Suk-yeolby Kang Seung-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the minor opposition People's Party, denounced Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), Tuesday, calling him an unprepared candidate who has been benefiting from the Moon Jae-in administration's incompetence in state affairs. The former software tycoon also said it was premature to say […]
- Ruling party leader vows not to seek reelection, joins calls for 'Generation 586 Out'by Nam Hyun-woo (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairman Song Young-gil announced Tuesday that he won't seek reelection in the next National Assembly election, vowing his party will also not field candidates for by-elections which will take place on the same day of the March 9 presidential election.
- Gov't warns daily cases may soar to 30,000 in early Februaryby Bahk Eun-ji (Korea Times News) on January 26, 2022
The number of Korea's daily new coronavirus infections could increase to as many as 30,000 by early next month, given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant that has become the dominant strain in the country, health authorities warned, Tuesday. The warning came after the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported that Korea added a […]