November 20, 2009 08:46
The first UN census in North Korea in 15 years reveals the country has a population of more than 24 million people, according to Voice of America.
VOA said Thursday that the census by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found 11.7 million males and 12.3 million females in 5.88 million households in North Korea's 10 provinces.
South Pyongan is the most populated province with some 4 million people, while the capital city Pyongyang has 3.25 million. Ryanggang Province has the smallest population of 720,000.
The UNFPA last surveyed the population of the communist country in 1993. It financed the latest census and provided technical support while North Korean authorities conducted the count. The final results of the census will be sent to Pyongyang in mid-December, a UNFPA official said.
The South Korean government last year contributed US$4 million from the inter-Korean cooperation fund to the UNFPA for the census, which is believed to have cost $5.5 million. According to a yearbook published in 2007 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the country's population as of 2004 was 23.6 million.
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