43 Facts About South Korea

1. South Korea has sent 200 tonnes of tangerines to the North in return for mushrooms Pyongyang gave earlier, Seoul said Monday, in the latest reconciliatory gesture between the neighbours.

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2. South Korea says 'nothing new' in report identifying North Korean bases.

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3. South Korea said Friday it will hold another round of negotiations next week with the United States regarding sharing the cost of stationing American troops in the country.

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4. South Korea warns Japan in row over wartime forced labour.

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5. South Korea pushes back at Japan in forced labor row.

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6. South Korea has informed its citizens that a holiday gift from North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un was safe to consume despite concerns after having tested the food for radiation.

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7. South Korea moves forward with railroad plans amid North's silence.

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8. South Korea has been granted a waiver from US sanctions on Iranian oil, a government official said on Monday.

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9. South Korea gets US exemption on Iran crude oil imports.

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10. South Korea officially locked up its third straight Overwatch World Cup title at BlizzCon this afternoon against an astounding Team China.

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11. In October 2010, South Korea hosted its first Formula One race at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, about 400 kilometres south of Seoul.

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12. South Korea is especially strong in short track speed skating.

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13. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, South Korea ranked fifth in the overall medal rankings.

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14. South Korea has won more medals in the Winter Olympics than any other Asian country with a total of 45 medals.

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15. South Korea regularly performs well in archery, shooting, table tennis, badminton, short track speed skating, handball, hockey, freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, baseball, judo, taekwondo, speed skating, figure Skating, and weightlifting.

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16. In 1988, South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul, coming fourth with 12 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 11 bronze medals.

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17. South Korea hosted the Asian Games in 1986, 2002 (Busan) and 2014 (Incheon).

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18. South Korea has traditionally had one of the top basketball teams in Asia and one of the continent's strongest basketball divisions.

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19. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, South Korea won the gold medal in baseball.

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20. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, South Korea won the Bronze Medal for football.

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21. South Korea is unique among Asian countries in its use of metal chopsticks.

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22. South Korea shares its traditional culture with North Korea, but the two Koreas have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since the peninsula was divided in 1945.

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23. South Korea has sent up 10 satellites from 1992, all using foreign rockets and overseas launch pads, notably Arirang-1 in 1999, and Arirang-2 in 2006 as part of its space partnership with Russia.

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24. South Korea leads the OECD in graduates in science and engineering.

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25. South Korea ranked number 10 overall in the 2014 NRI ranking, up from 11 in 2013.

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26. South Korea is the third highest ranked Asian country in the World Economic Forum's Network Readiness Index after Singapore and Hong Kong respectively—an indicator for determining the development level of a country's information and communication technologies.

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27. South Korea is preparing to bid on construction of a light-water nuclear reactor for Argentina.

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28. South Korea is an emerging exporter of nuclear reactors, having concluded agreements with the UAE to build and maintain four advanced nuclear reactors, with Jordan for a research nuclear reactor, and with Argentina for construction and repair of heavy-water nuclear reactors.

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29. South Korea is the world's fifth-largest nuclear power producer and the second-largest in Asia as of 2010.

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30. South Korea became a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 1996.

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31. In 2010, South Korea was spending ₩1.68 trillion in a cost-sharing agreement with the US to provide budgetary support to the US forces in Korea, on top of the ₩29.6 trillion budget for its own military.

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32. The Republic of South Korea broke off official relations with the Republic of China upon gaining official relations with the People's Republic of China, which doesn't recognise Taiwan's sovereignty.

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33. South Korea went on to sign a Free Trade Agreements with Canada and Australia in 2014, and another with New Zealand in 2015.

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34. In November 2009 South Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee, marking the first time a former aid recipient country joined the group as a donor member.

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35. South Korea maintains diplomatic relations with more than 188 countries.

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36. South Korea is nevertheless becoming a more multi-ethnic society over time due to immigration.

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37. South Korea has 20 national parks and popular nature places like the Boseong Tea Fields, Suncheon Bay Ecological Park, and the first national park of Jirisan.

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38. South Korea was formally invited to become a member of the United Nations in 1991.

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39. South Korea is a developed country and a high-income economy, with a "very high" Human Development Index, ranking 22nd in the world.

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40. The history of South Korea begins with the foundation of Gojoseon in 2333 BC by the legendary king Dangun.

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41. South Korea requires all men to serve 21 months in its military.

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42. South Korea is the 27th largest country worldwide with 51.2 million people.

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43. South Korea uses 3D video program to analyze Kim Jong Un's health.

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