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Country name:

conventional long form: Republic of Korea
conventional short form: South Korea
local long form: Taehan-min'guk

 

 

Capital:

Seoul. Population: 10.3 million (Seoul Metropolitan Government 2005).
 

 

Description:

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is a peninsula that shares borders to the north with the demilitarised zone (separating it from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea), to the east with the Sea of Japan (East Sea), to the south with the Korea Strait (separating it from Japan), and to the west with the Yellow Sea. There are many islands and bays in the Korea Strait, including the largest, the volcanic island of Jeju-do, which lies off the southwest coast and is also home to South Korea's highest mountain, Mount Halla, at 1,950m (6,397ft). Most of the country consists of hills and mountains with the 30% of flat plain home to the majority of the population and cultivation. Most rivers rise in the mountains to the east, flowing west and south to the Yellow Sea. The Naktong River flows into the Korea Strait near the southern port of Busan, Korea's second largest city after Seoul. The eastern coast is rocky and steep with mountains rising from the sea.
 

 

Location:

Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea

 

 

Map of KOREA, SOUTH (kish Trade Promotion Center)

Area:

99,313 sq km (38,345 sq miles, excluding demilitarised zone).

 

Population:

49 million (CIA estimate 2007).

 

Languages:

Korean, with English widely taught in school and generally understood in major centres
 

Climate:
Moderate climate with four seasons. The hottest part of the year is during the rainy season between July and August, and the coldest is December to February. Occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods. Spring and autumn are mild and mainly dry and are generally considered the best times to visit.
 

 

Economy - overview:

The third largest economy in Asia after China and Japan, Korea is a major force to be reckoned with in electronics, mobile phones, digital displays, steel and semiconductors, amongst other things. It is the world leader in shipbuilding and the automotive business is also large, with great domestic loyalty; 97.3% of all cars sold are Korean. The Korean Development Institute estimates that 5.2% average growth will be possible until 2011 if Korea continues with its economic reforms. The Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) is being built near Incheon International Airport as a business and tourism hub for northeast Asia, and the East Sea Free Trade Zone is also underway in the east coast city of Donghae. The thaw in relations with the North has seen a growth of economic links; 10km (6 miles) north of the demilitarised zone is the new Gaeseong Industrial Complex, which provides South Korean companies with a base from which to access a cheap and hard-working labour market; and North Koreans get a glimpse of economic prosperity. Unemployment was at 3.3% in 2006, and inflation was forecast to rise to 2.6% in 2007 (from 2.2% in 2006).

Economy:

The third largest economy in Asia after China and Japan, Korea is a major force to be reckoned with in electronics, mobile phones, digital displays, steel and semiconductors, amongst other things. It is the world leader in shipbuilding and the automotive business is also large, with great domestic loyalty; 97.3% of all cars sold are Korean. The Korean Development Institute estimates that 5.2% average growth will be possible until 2011 if Korea continues with its economic reforms. The Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) is being built near Incheon International Airport as a business and tourism hub for northeast Asia, and the East Sea Free Trade Zone is also underway in the east coast city of Donghae. The thaw in relations with the North has seen a growth of economic links; 10km (6 miles) north of the demilitarised zone is the new Gaeseong Industrial Complex, which provides South Korean companies with a base from which to access a cheap and hard-working labour market; and North Koreans get a glimpse of economic prosperity. Unemployment was at 3.3% in 2006, and inflation was forecast to rise to 2.6% in 2007 (from 2.2% in 2006).
 

 

Industries:

electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel

 

Exports:

Semi-conductors, electronics, textiles, ships and cars. Main trade partners: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia and US.

Imports:

Machinery, electronics, oil, transport equipment and organic chemicals.

Exchange rates:

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/140/climate/Far-East-Asia/South-Korea.html

GDP :

US$888 billion (2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean Government http://www.korea.net/index.do
Central Government Complex http://www.chungsa.go.kr/chungsa/english/intro/greeting.xhtml
 
Chong Wa Dae
(The Blue House)
http://english.president.go.kr/
The Board of Audit and Inspection http://english.bai.go.kr/
National Intelligence Service
 
http://www.nis.go.kr/nonflash.html
 
Office of the Prime
Minister
http://www.pmo.go.kr/eng.do?menuSID=221
Ministry of Planning and Budget http://southkorea.yoolk.com/community-aid-environment-and-government/ministry-of-planning-and-budget/
Ministry of Legislation http://www.moleg.go.kr/english/
Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs http://english.mpva.go.kr/
 
Ministry of Finance and Economy http://finance.mapsofworld.com/finance/ministry/korea.html
National Tax Service http://www.nts.go.kr/eng/
Korea Customs Service http://www.customs.go.kr/eng/
Public Procurement Service http://www.pps.go.kr/neweng/
National Statistical Office http://www.nso.go.kr/eng/index.shtml
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) http://www.kiep.go.kr/eng/
Korea Stock Exchange
 
http://eng.krx.co.kr/
 
Ministry of Education & Science and Technology http://english.mest.go.kr/
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology http://english.mest.go.kr/
Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) http://eng.kedi.re.kr/
Korea Research Foundation
 
http://www.krf.or.kr/new/eng/main.html
 
Ministry of National Unification http://www.kinu.or.kr/eng/
Korea Institute for National Unification
 
http://www.kinu.or.kr/eng/main/index.asp


 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade http://www.mofat.go.kr/en/
Korean Consulate General in New York http://www.koreanconsulate.org/english/
Korean Missions Abroad http://www.mofat.go.kr/mission
/missions_map_en.mof
 
Ministry of Justice
 
http://www.moj.go.kr/english/
index.php
Supreme Public Prosecutor's Office http://eng.sppo.go.kr/
Korean Institute of Criminology http://www.kic.re.kr/eng/e_main.php
Immigration Bureau
 
 
 
Ministry of National Defense
 
http://www.mnd.go.kr/
The Republic of Korea Air Force http://www.airforce.mil.kr
 
Ministry of Government Administration & Home Affairs
 
http://www.mogaha.go.

kr/warp/webapp/home/en_home

National Police Agency http://www.police.go.kr/eng/index.jsp
Korea Institute of Public Administration http://www.kipa.re.kr/eng/
Korea Local Authorities Foundation for International Relations http://www.klafir.or.kr/eng/index_e.htm
Korea Research Institute for Local Administration http://www.krila.re.kr/index.html
 
Ministry of Science & Technology http://was.most.go.kr/most/
english/index.jsp
Korea Meteorological Administration http://www.kma.go.kr/kmas/kma/
english/main.html
Korea Institute of Science and Technology http://www.kist.re.kr/En/index.asp
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology http://www.kaist.edu/
Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science http://www.kriss.re.kr/kriss2004/
english/index.html
Korea Information & Communication Standards  
Korea Institute of Machinery and Metals http://www.kimm.re.kr/english/index.php
Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety http://www.kins.re.kr/english/index.asp
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute http://www.kaeri.re.kr/engnew/
Korea Institute of Energy Research http://www.kier.re.kr/english/index.html
Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources http://www.kigam.re.kr/english/
index.html
Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute http://www.keri.re.kr/english/index.html
Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology http://www.krict.re.kr/eng/
Kwangju Institute of Science & Technology http://www2.gist.ac.kr/
Korea Aerospace Research Institute http://www.kari.re.kr/jsp/
english/re1205_home.htm
Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology http://www.kribb.re.kr
Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information http://www.kisti.re.kr/kisti/english/
index_english.jsp
Science and Technology Policy Institute http://www.stepi.re.kr:8080/
Korea Basic Science Institute http://blue.kbsi.re.kr/english/index.php
Korea Cancer Center Hospital http://www.kcch.re.kr
Korea Astronomy Observatory http://www.kao.re.kr/html/english/
index.html
Korea Institute for Advanced Study(KIAS)
 
http://www.kias.re.kr/en/index.jsp
 
Ministry of Culture & Tourism  
Cultural Properties Administration http://www.ocp.go.kr/english
/indexe6.html
Korea Culture & Art Foundation (KCAF) http://www.kcaf.or.kr/ehome3
/emain.htm
Korea National Tourism Organization http://www.knto.or.kr/eng/english0.jsp
National Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.moca.go.kr/Modern/eng/
National Museum of Korea http://www.museum.go.kr/eng/center.jsp
Seoul Arts Center http://www.sac.or.kr/eng/
Foundation for the Rural Youth http://www.fry.or.kr/english/president.asp
 
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry http://english.maf.go.kr/index.jsp
Rural Development Administration http://home.rda.go.kr/eng/index.asp
Korea Forest Service http://www.foa.go.kr/2003_forest/eng/
index.htm
Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI) http://www.kfri.re.kr/newekfri/
National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology http://www.niast.go.kr/english/main.asp
Agricultural and Fishery Marketing Corporation http://www.afmc.co.kr/eng
Korea Rural Economic Institute
 
http://www.krei.re.kr/en/en_index.htm
 
Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Energy
 
http://www.mocie.go.kr/eng/default.asp
Small & Medium Business Administration http://www.smba.go.kr/main/english/index.jsp
Korean Intellectual Property Office http://www.kipo.go.kr/kpo/user.tdf?a

=user.eng.main.BoardApp

Korean Marketplace http://en.bestsme.com/
Korea Trade & Investment Promotion Agency http://www.kotra.or.kr/eng/
Korea Gas Corporation http://www.kogas.or.kr/ENG/main.jsp
Korea Electric Power Corporation http://www.kepco.co.kr/en/
Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation & Planning http://www.itep.re.kr
Korea Industrial Safety Corporation http://kesco.or.kr/english/
Korea Resources Corporation http://www.kores.or.kr/english/
Korea International Trade Association http://www.kita.org/
Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry http://english.korcham.net/
Korea National Oil Corporation http://www.knoc.co.kr/stat/eng/index.htm
Korea Export Insurance Corporation http://www.keic.or.kr/homepage2/

english/INDEX.HTML

Korea Energy Management Corporation http://www.kemco.or.kr/english/index.asp
The Federation of Korean Industries
 
http://www.fki.or.kr/en
 
Ministry of Information & Communications
 
http://www.mic.go.kr/eng/index.jsp
National Computerization Agency (NCA) http://www.nca.or.kr/eindex.htm
Korea Information Society Development Institute http://www.kisdi.re.kr/wwbs/eng/
main.html
Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute http://www.etri.re.kr/e_etri/index.php
Korea Network Information Center http://www.nic.or.kr/www/english/
Telecommunications Technology Association http://www.tta.or.kr/English/new/
main/index.htm
Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency
 
http://www.kipa.or.kr/kipahome/kipaweb/
english/index.html
 
Ministry of Health and Welfare
 
http://english.mw.go.kr/front_eng/main.jsp
Korea Food & Drug Administration http://www.kfda.go.kr/english/english.html
 
Ministry of Environment http://eng.me.go.kr/
Environmental Management Corporation http://www.emc.or.kr/english/main.htm
Korea Resources Recovery & Reutilization Corporation http://www.envico.or.kr/envico/english_html/

corporation_vision.html
info.asp

Korea Environment Institute  
 
Ministry of Labor http://www.molab.go.kr:8787/English/
index.jsp
Korea Labor Welfare Corporation http://www.welco.or.kr/english/e_main.asp
/files/main/emain.asp
Korea Labor Institute http://www.kli.re.kr/20_english/index.asp
Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency http://www.kosha.or.kr/english
/english.htm
 
Ministry of Gender Equality
 
http://www.moge.go.kr/eng/
index(eng)2.jsp
 
Ministry of Construction & Transportation http://www.moct.go.kr/EngHome/
index.htm
ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs http://english.mltm.go.kr/intro.do
Korean National Railroad http://www.korail.go.kr/ROOT/
main-top.top?lang=eng
Korea Water Resources Corporation (KOWACO) http://english.kowaco.or.kr/
Korea Highway Corporation (KHC) http://www.freeway.co.kr/eng/html/
Corporation/sub01_01.html
Korea Airport Construction Authority (KOACA) http://www.airport.or.kr/Eng/home.jsp
Korea Land Corporation http://www.iklc.com/
Korea National Housing Corporation http://www.jugong.co.kr/

bojo/engl/f_engl_main.html
f_engl_main.html

 
Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries http://www.momaf.go.kr/eng/
National Maritime Police Agency http://www.nmpa.go.kr/english/
main.asp
Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute http://www.kordi.re.kr/eng/
National Fisheries Research & Development Institute http://www.nfrda.re.kr/english/
new_english/index.php
National Oceanographic Research Institute http://www.nori.go.kr/english/main.asp
 
Others  
Korean Exhibition Calendar in COEX
Korea Exhibition Calendar
Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI)
Korea Federation of Textile Industries
Small and Medium Business Administration of Korea
Korea International Trade Association
Association of State Offices in Korea
Korea National Tourism Organization
Korean Air
Hotel Guide
Hotel Center
Hotel Page
Visit Korea
Seoul Metropolitan City
Pusan Metropolitan City
Taegu Metropolitan City
Kwangju Metropolitan City
Taejon Metropolitan City
Daewoo Economic Research Institute
Hyundai Research Institute
Korea Development Institute (KDI)
Center for Economic Information, KDI
Korea Economic Research Institute
Masan Free Trade Zone
Customs Free Zone

 

 

 

   

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