Country profile

Korea (South Korea)

General information

The Republic of Korea, more commonly referred to as South Korea, lies in East Asia where it accounts for the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. Its only land border is with its northern neighbour, North Korea. South Korea’s landmass of 100,329 square kilometres is home to around 51 million people.

The capital city is Seoul.

The official language is Korean.

Economic data

Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP): USD 36,612
Real change in GDP between 2010 and 2015: 15.7 %
Gross national debt as percentage of GDP: 38 %
Percentage of women (aged 15-64) in gainful employment: 54.9 %
Youth unemployment rate (15-24 year-olds): 10.4 %

National currency: South Korean won (KRW) / Rate of exchange: EUR 1 = KRW 1,257 (as at 13 September 2016)

Additional information
Country information from the Federal Foreign Office
Website of the South Korean government