Poverty in North Korea

Poverty in North Korea is extensive, though reliable statistics are hard to come by due to lack of reliable research, pervasive censorship and extensive media manipulation in North Korea.[1][unreliable source?]

Poverty in North Korea

Poverty in North Korea has been widely repeated by Western media sources [2][3][4] with the majority referring to the famine that affected the country in the mid-1990s.[5] A 2006 report suggests that North Korea requires an estimated 5.3m tonnes of grain per year while harvesting only an estimated 4.5m tonnes, and thus relies on foreign aid to overcome the deficit.[6]Starvation continues to be a systemic problem. In 2021, there were reports of widespread starvation in North Korea.[7]

North Korea has a command economy, which is common among communist nations. The government has complete control over all monetary exchanges, causing the economy to remain stagnant due to a lack of competition between businesses. Poverty in North Korea has also been attributed to poor governance by the totalitarian regime.[8] It is estimated that 60% of the total population of North Korea live below the poverty line in 2020.[9]

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  1. ^ "There are no reliable statistics about the poverty rate in.During the time of 2016 a Quote from Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Economic Overview, The Eurasia Center. They have banned any religions except chrilmas and filmic [1] archive
  2. ^ Hy-Sang Lee (2001). North Korea: A Strange Socialist Fortress. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-275-96917-2.
  3. ^ Hugh Dyson Walker (November 2012). East Asia: A New History. AuthorHouse. p. 657. ISBN 978-1-4772-6516-1.
  4. ^ Khan, Mehreen (December 2014). "Six charts that show how North Korea became the most miserable place on earth".
  5. ^ Professor Tae-Hwan Kwak; Professor Seung-Ho Joo (28 March 2014). North Korea and Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-4724-1786-2.
  6. ^ https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/northkorea0506webwcover.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ "As winter looms, reports of starvation in North Korea". BBC News. 2021-11-05. Retrieved 2023-03-03.
  8. ^ "Global Profile of Extreme Poverty". Sustainable Development Solutions Network. 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ Crespo Cuaresma, Jesús; Danylo, Olha; Fritz, Steffen; Hofer, Martin; Kharas, Homi; Laso Bayas, Juan Carlos (17 March 2020). "What do we know about poverty in North Korea?". Palgrave Communications. 6 (1): 1–8. doi:10.1057/s41599-020-0417-4.

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