North Korea is considered the most isolated and ruthless country in the world. Though it is referred to as a “hermit kingdom,” there are some interesting and bizarre facts about this reclusive nation of 25 million people. Sometimes, the news leaked from North Korea seems like it came straight out of a dystopian novel. Read on to discover the true North Korea.
The government controls hairstyles. Interestingly enough, fauxhawks have been banned. An unmarried woman can choose a cut that is short and above-the-shoulders. Men are not allowed to have shaggy hair as it’s a sign of free-thinking and rebellion. The government released a five-part series explaining how to maintain hair that aligns with communist values.
2,000 North Korean girls are chosen and trained as adult entertainers for Kim Jong-un’s pleasure. Literally called the Pleasure Squad, it is divided into 3 specialized groups. One for sexual services, one for giving massages, and one for live singing and dancing (often semi-nude).
Elections Have Only One Candidate
North Korea holds elections every five years. The regime is centered and led by Kim Il Sung, the deceased founder who still serves in spirit as the Eternal President. The Supreme Leader of North Korea oversees physical affairs, such as sentencing political advisors to death and handling crimes against humanity.
Forced Child Labor
North Korea reported to the Human Rights Watch organization that it abolished child labor by law 70 years ago. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case according to those who fled the country. Children are forced to work in labor camps as punishment for crimes their parents committed.