South Korea


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South Korea

  1. 1. South Korea(대한민국)By: Jenny Lee, Grace Cai, Samy Grenon
  2. 2. Population• about 48,860,500 (census from July 2012)• Population growth- 0.204% (2012 estimate)• Age structure -0-14 years:15.7% -15-64 years: 72.9% -65 years and over: 11.4%• Korea’s fertility rate is the lowest in the world.Population of Korea is rapidly ageing.
  3. 3. Capital: Seoul• Population: over 10 million• Located on the Han River.• Ranked eighth in the Global Cities Index for 2012 and is considered to be a leading global city.• A great number of international companies are located in Seoul.• Hosted the 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 G-20 Seoul summit.
  4. 4. Language• Korean -type of writing system: alphabet -direction of writing: left to write -number of letters: 14 consonants and 10 vowels -sounds of some consonants change depending on whether they are placed at the beginning, middle, or at the end. -Korean in North Korea is not completely the same as the one in South Korea.• English is also greatly taught during middle and high school.
  5. 5. Ethnic Groups& Religion• Ethnic Groups- Homogeneous with the exception of some Chinese(about 20,000) -One of the most ethnically and linguisticallyhomogenous countries in the world.• Religion- Christian 26.3%(Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist (23.2%), other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3% -Buddhism in Korea came from the Mahayana branch ofBuddhism like China and Japan. -Christianity was first introduced to Koreans through theJesuits from China.
  6. 6. Government Structure• Structure: Republic• Executive Branch -Chief of state: Lee MyungBak(since Feb 25th, 2008) -A president is elected bypopular vote for a single five-year term.• Legal System- mixed legal system combined of European civil law, Anglo- American law, and Chinese classical thought President Lee Myung-bak
  7. 7. Interesting Facts #1• Taekwondo is a traditional sport in South Korea and also is very popular.• What is Taekwondo? - It is a combination ofvarious combat skillsincluding self-defense,sports, exercise andsometimes even meditationand philosophy. -It also has been chosenas an Olympic event sincethe year 2000.
  8. 8. Interesting Facts #2• Korea has the the world’s highest national IQ as declared by the OECD(Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development)• It showed particularly leading rankings in subjects such as mathematics, science, problem solving and reading.
  9. 9. Interesting Facts #3• South Korean elementary, middle, and high school students were ranked the lowest in terms of happiness compared to other OECD countries, according to OECD.• Why? -The overloading amount of schoolwork and exampreparations can harm students physically and mentally. -The competition for better universities and success isextremely fierce. -Students also needs to study for private tutors or hagwons,which are basically academies held outside of schools. Picture-
  10. 10. Interesting Facts #4 • The interest towards K- POP(Korean pop) is increasing throughout the world. • K-pop? - A music genre that contains dance, electronic, electro-pop, hip hop, and R&B music. • The fashion and style of K- Pop singers are also becoming very popular. • Movie actors and actresses from Korean dramas and movies are also very popular.Pictures-
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