North Korea vs. South Korea

Topics: North Korea, South Korea, Korea Pages: 3 (985 words) Published: January 19, 2013
Makrystea Carter
Mrs. Morgan
Pac Rim P.1
21 November 2011
North and South Korea CBA
The Korean peninsula is divided into two separate countries, North and South. Looking at both countries you can see the differences. North Korea and South Korea may share the same land but have different outtakes on their economic views, political beliefs, and even social conditions. Before North and South Korea there was just the Korean Peninsula. Korea was ruled by many countries even Japan and China. While in control of Korea, Japan grew hungry for power, and because of this a war started between Korea and the Soviet Union. “In the North the Japanese troops surrendered to Soviet forces and in the south of the peninsula the Japanese surrendered to American troops” (Beck542). By the end of 1953 the war had ended and the Korean peninsula had completely been separated. Because of this action North and South Korea share a land with two different cultures and traditions.

Economically, 35 percent of North Koreans work on farms (CIA7), while in South Korea only 7.3 percent of the population work on farms (CIA7). The other 65 percent of the North Korean population work in industrial businesses. These industrial businesses include building machines, military products, and mining (CIA7). In South Korea the other 92.7 percent work in industrial businesses which includes producing automobiles, electronics, and even some chemicals (CIA7). The major difference is that North Korean work for the government. It doesn’t matter how long you work, how hard, or even if you are the top of the company, people get paid the same amount. South Korea fare better because they work for themselves and their families. South Koreans work to provide a safer environment and a better education for their children. Political domination is one reason why North Koreans work for the government. North Korea has a communist government which means that the country is ran by one dictator, whereas in South Korea,...

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