Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea. Pyongyang has been completely redesigned since the Korean War (1950–1953). It is designed with wide avenues, imposing monuments, and monolithic buildings. The city also has regular international train services to Beijing and Moscow. A journey to Beijing takes about 25 hours and 25 minutes; a journey to Moscow takes 6 days. The Democratic Republic of Korea is in Eastern Asia, in the northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea. The climate is temperate with rainfall concentrated in summer. The official language is Korean. North and South Korea share the same language but there are differences in dialect. The main religions are atheist or non-religious and traditional beliefs. The economy of North Korea is an industrialised, highly centralized command economy. The role of market allocation is sharply limited - mainly in the rural sector where peasants sell produce from small private plots. There are almost no small businesses. In North Korea there are strict rules regulating the conduct of foreigners/expatriates as well as locals. North Korean society is hierarchical, placing most importance on seniority. Senior hosts will be introduced first. Expatriate business dress is conservative, comprising suits. Businesswomen are expected to dress conservatively. The security risk for expatriates in North Korea is medium to high. Risks include inadequate travel permission and documentation, information security, enforced travel changes, and arbitrary interrogation or detention. The currency of North Korea is the North Korean Won (KPW). Credit cards and travellers’ cheques are not accepted. Some hotels may insist on full payment in advance when checking in. Medical facilities in North Korea are poor and limited. The population of Pyongyang is 2.5 Million (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 55% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Pyongyang, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Pyongyang as at 1 April 2016 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Average 2) Clothing: Low 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very Low 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very High Pyongyang is for example 157.3% more expensive than Kyrgyzstan for groceries, -57% cheaper for household costs than Bishkek, and 48.9% more expensive for transport costs than Laos. The hardship premium for Pyongyang for an expat from Liechtenstein, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Pyongyang) premium of 40% minus home (Liechtenstein) location premium of 20%. Pyongyang is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Pyongyang? Register subscribe to your home location and Pyongyang and run your personalised reports.