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South Korea is one of the most prosperous Asian countries. Its population amounts to over 50 million inhabitants. Discover the richness of this country and its numerous opportunities...

South Korea is a very popular destination for expatriates around the world. The country attracts tourists and investors due to its economic wealth and the numerous opportunities offered at different levels. It stretches over some 100,210 km², covering half of the Korean Peninsula. South Korea is known as the Land of the Tiger. Its capital is Seoul.

Demography

To date, South Korea's population amounts to more than 50 million. It is known to be an ethnically homogeneous population with a Chinese minority. Although many Koreans have decided to emigrate due to the country's political instability, millions of foreigners, particularly from Europe and the United States, among others, have settled in the country over the years. Seoul, Busan and Incheon are the most densely populated cities.

South Korea's official language is Korean. However, other languages such as Chinese and English are also spoken. On the other hand, foreign languages such as French, German and Spanish are taught in schools.

Economy

South Korea is known to be one of the world's greatest economic powers. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to over 1155 billion dollars in 2013 while the growth rate for the same year was around 3%, representing a slight increase compared to 2012. Its economy is mainly based on export and import. Several other sectors such as industry, food, information and communication technology, also contribute to its GDP.

The country is a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Southeast Asian Nations Association and the G20.

Politics

South Korea is a republic governed by a President, who is also the Chief of armies. Geun- Hye Park was elected President of the Republic in February 2013 by direct election. He should occupy this chair for a period of 5 years. Hong Chung-won was nominated Prime Minister.

Regarding the South Korean parliament which is known as the National Assembly or the 'Kukhoe', it consists of 299 seats. 245 MPs are directly elected while the remaining seats are distributed proportionally.

Climate

The country generally experiences a humid subtropical climate marked by four seasons: winter, spring, autumn and summer. Winter lasts from December to February, with occasional snow and rain while spring begins in March. Summer comes in June with temperatures that can reach up to 20°C. The monsoon season usually starts in late June and lasts until the end of July. In September, autumn arrives with a rather light, windy and dry climate.

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