The History Of South Korea

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South Korea is located in Eastern Asia. The terrain is full of mountains and hills, and contains coastal plains in the west and south. The total area of the country is 99,720 sq km: about the same size as that of Wyoming. As the name suggests, it is located in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula—a peninsula which borders the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea, and a peninsula which has had tensions surrounding it since the Cold War. The entire peninsula of Korea gained its independence from Japan following World War II. As tensions following the war grew, tensions which ultimately culminated in the Cold War, a democratic-backed government was set up in the South, while a communist-backed government was set up in the North—the Republic of Korea…show more content…
As of 2012, they have 30.1 million telephone lines in use, 53.6 million mobile telephones. Of these telephone systems, the quality is excellent. In terms of Internet, they have 315,697 internet hosts and 39.4 million internet users. As for transportation, they have 111 Airports, thousands of miles of railway laid out, and over 100,000 kilometers of roadway. This is pretty decent for such a small sized country. As a peninsula, South Korea also has access to about 1600 kilometers of waterways with several massive ships transporting goods in, out, and around the country. Aside from some agricultural resources, South Korea does not have many raw materials, and therefore has to import the large majority of their resources. As such, the country imports almost all of its energy sources. 74.5 percent of the country’s electricity comes from fossil fuels, and as such they import millions of barrels of oil every day and exports none. Besides oil, it generates 21.9 percent of its electricity from nuclear cells giving it a rank of 7 in the world for the field. Besides that, though, it only generates 2 percent of its electricity from hydroelectric plants, and 1.5 percent from other renewable sources like wind and solar. In regards to the technology aspects of its economy, as previously mentioned the country is one of the largest exporters in the world for electronic devices like tablets, cell phones, and computers. Furthermore, it is the largest exporter of semiconductors. As for foreign investment, Asia is generally known for trying to be a bit closed to foreign investment. However, in recent years the country has been more open with foreign investment and has about $150 billion dollars of direct foreign investment in its
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