Flag of North Korea

North Korea Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesKP, PRK
Official NameDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea
Government TypeOne-party Socialist Republic
CurrencyNorth Korean Won (KPW)
Calling Code+850
Member OfMember of the United Nations (joined in 1991)
PopulationEstimated 25 million (as of 2023)
Total AreaApproximately 120,540 square kilometers
Highest PointPaektu Mountain (2,744 meters or 9,003 feet)
Lowest PointSea level at the Korean Bay and Sea of Japan
GDP Per CapitaEstimated at around $1,300 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyEstimated at around 72 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.kp

North Korean National Anthem

Aegukka (The Patriotic Song)

Let morning shine on the silver and gold of this land,
Three thousand ri full of natural wealth.
This is my beautiful fatherland,
The glory of a wise people,
Brought up in a culture brilliant,
With a history five millennia long.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the North Korean Flag

The flag of North Korea, known as the “Ramhongsaek Konghwagukgi,” was officially adopted on September 8, 1948. The flag’s design is rich in symbolism and reflects the country’s history and ideology.

The central red panel, bordered by narrow white stripes, represents the revolutionary traditions of the country. The red star symbolizes the guiding role of the communist philosophy in the nation’s development. The two blue stripes stand for sovereignty, peace, and friendship.

The history of the flag is intertwined with the country’s emergence as a separate entity after World War II and the subsequent division of Korea. The flag’s design was personally approved by Kim Il-sung, the founding leader of North Korea. The flag has remained relatively unchanged since its adoption, symbolizing the stability and continuity of the regime’s ideology.

The North Korean flag is a potent symbol of the state’s identity and sovereignty, often displayed prominently at official events, both domestically and internationally. Its colors and symbols are replicated in various forms throughout the country, reinforcing the national narrative and the government’s authority. The flag’s presence in military parades, public events, and government buildings underscores its importance as a national symbol.