The Craziest Country in the World [infographic]

October 30, 2011 |  by  |  Government, Politics, Travel

Hey guys, I’m a new writer here! I’m pretty stoked about it. The name’s Julie, and I ain’t no foolie, but I am a Sophomore in college, and just spent an epic summer reconnecting with my roots in Ireland. I’ve got the heart of a nomad, and my  interest in other cultures led me to finding this particularly enlightening infographic. Enjoy!

In a country where I would be publicly executed for writing this, a Kim Jong (mentally?) il is the only one having a good time. Since his illustrious birth under a double rainbow, his name has claimed quite a bit of infamy. My personal favorite of his accomplishments was at one point being the world’s largest buyer of Hennessy. Clearly, the Dear Leader knows how to party.

While this bite-size tyrant lives in unbridled luxury, the citizens of North Korea toil under the constant strain of poverty. Surrounded by a constant barrage of propaganda, all except the ruling elite live in fear of prosecution. Although it’s  a self-proclaimed “Democratic Republic”, North Korea aligns it’s governance more alongside Stalinist Dictatorship. Regular ol’ North Koreans can be executed for a variety of different petty crimes, including failure to adore the Dear Leader or “hoarding food”.

Food is a scarce commodity in North Korea. In fact, a recent famine killed an estimated 3.5 million people.  But if you were thinking of visiting this charming little country, don’t worry- there’ll be plenty for you to eat- thanks to carefully staged, local-official-supervised visits to restaurants. Food shortage? What food shortage? [ Online Schools]


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  • Abraham Darius Llave

    Wrong. His father was declared as “Eternal President” at about 1997. By whom? I’m not sure, maybe by the Workers’ Party.

    Well, in addition for fuel – not really only for the political elite, but supplies are just really short (sanctions everyone?)

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  • nfsking2000

    What a propaganda. Hey I have an idea for your next infographic: Make some graphs about how EVIL FASCIST DICTATOR Assad is and how PEACEFUL ACTIVISTS the rebels are. You can put some made up stats like “Syrian people are taught that Assad is the creator of the universe.” “We should destabilize the region cuz we luv people <3"

  • Terence Cruz

    Guys i think i already found president’s snow’s ancestor