South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lying east to the Asian mainland. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia, under Gwanggaeto the Great. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone and has a predominantly mountainous terrain. It comprises an estimated 51.4 million residents distributed over 100,363 km². The capital and largest city is Seoul, with a population of 10 million.
Geographical type: Territory
Latitude: 36° N — Longitude: 128° E
Area: 100,210 km²
ISO 3166-2 code: KR
Measures of Freedom
2019: 8.39, Rank: 31, Personal Freedom: 8.94, Economic Freedom: 7.61
2014: 7.40, Rank: 42
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 83, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
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Comments on the first North Korean nuclear test and the political prospects for the Korean peninsula, considering also China and the United States
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