Living in South Korea guide

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Our selection of articles for expatriation in South Korea

Banking in South Korea

There are several branches of international banks in South Korea, including Citibank global network and HSBC. Before moving to ...

The healthcare system in South Korea

If you are planning to move to South Korea, you are probably wondering about the local healthcare system. Doctors and hospitals ...

Finding work in South Korea

Some of the best resources to find a job in South Korea include newspapers, recruitment agencies, consular services, bi-national ...

Things to do on weekdays in Seoul

Seoul is a city that never sleeps - you will find activities to entertain you at any time of the day or night, whether during ...

Things to do in Seoul alone, with your partner or with your family

Seoul life is lived outside, with cafes and restaurants proving popular throughout the day and night both during the week and on ...

Sports in Seoul

A modern city, Seoul has all the sports activities you might find elsewhere in the world - with the caveat that Korean society is ...

Gastronomy in Seoul

South Korea has a cuisine all its own; one now recognised around the world not only for its rich flavours but also its variety ...

Seoul's labour market

Seoul is a dynamic city with an innovative spirit. The country's high growth rate inevitably generates job creation and ...

The work culture in Seoul

If South Korea went from a Third World country at the end of the Second World War to one of the most developed and richest ...

Student life in Seoul

Seoul is one of the most remote destinations for international students, both geographically and culturally, and the standard of ...

Getting around Seoul

Seoul spans more than 600 km², so you will need to plan your travel accordingly, bearing in mind the peak hours which ...

Buying property in Seoul

Today, Seoul is one of the most developed metropolises in the world. Unfortunately, the city's population density and appeal ...

Accommodation in Seoul

Seoul has become one of the most popular destinations in South Korea but finding a home in this city is not an easy task. You ...

Popular neighbourhoods in Seoul

The city of Seoul is divided into 25 different districts that we call "Gu" and which vary in size between 10 and 47 ...

Discovering Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea since the Joseon period (1392-1910) has grown exponentially in the last century, rising to ...

About South Korea

South Korea covers over 100,210 km² on its half of the Korean Peninsula and is also known as the Land of the Tiger, due to the distinct shape on the map. The capital of Seoul counts about ten million people and is in 4th place of the 10 wealthiest cities in the world by GDP today.

Demography

South Korea is home to around 50 million people, compared to about 25 million in the north. It is known to be an ethnically homogeneous country with a Chinese minority. Although many Koreans have emigrated to other parts of the world, millions of foreigners, particularly from Europe and the United States, have settled in South Korea over the past decades. The cities of Seoul, Busan and Incheon are the most densely populated with 10 million, 3.5 million and 3 million people respectively.

South Korea's official language is Korean, but languages such as Chinese and English are also spoken by a large part of the population. On top of that, foreign languages such as French, German, and Spanish are widely popular and taught at schools around the country.

Economy

Since the Korean War, South Korea has become one of the world's greatest economic powers. Its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amounted to over 1.411 trillion USD in 2016 while the growth rate for the same year was around 2.7%, representing a slight increase compared to 2015 (1.383 trillion USD). 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. Moon Jae-In was elected after the impeachment of his predecessor, Park Geun-hye in the 2017 South Korean presidential election. He will occupy this chair for five years. Lee Nak-yeon was nominated Prime Minister.

The South Korean parliament, which is known as the National Assembly or the 'Kukhoe', consists of 300 seats. 245 MPs are directly elected while the remaining seats are distributed proportionally.

Climate

South Korea is influenced by a mixture of a humid continental climate and a humid subtropical climate. The country has four changing seasons: winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Winter lasts from November to February and is marked by moderate to heavy snowfall. Spring begins in March and is relatively short. Summer comes in May with temperatures that can reach up to 25°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.

Quick Information

Capital : Seoul
Official Languages : Korean , English
Currency : Won
Area : 98480 Km2
Population : 48422644
Calling Code : +82
Timezone : Asia/Seoul

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