There are a lot of strict rules in North Korea. Particularly around censorship.
More often than not, photography is not even allowed.
All of North Korea is a mystery, which we only get glimpses of through smuggled photos and information.
Outsiders aren’t even allowed into the country unless they pay a hefty price.
North Korea is extremely isolated, and secretive.
Here are a few strange, but true laws from North Korea.
1. Government Hair Cuts
In the Western world is blessed to have rights to their own personal style.
But in North Korea, this isn’t the case.
In North Korea there are 28 government approved hair styles in North Korea. That’s it.
10 for men, 18 for women. While I think some haircuts should be discouraged, like man-buns, no haircut should be illegal.
2. Big City
Do you fancy living in the capital of North Korea?
Then you need permission!
That’s right, if you want to live in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, then you need to get permission from the government!
3. Voting Is Mandatory
We have the right to decide if we want to vote or not during the election.
But in North Korea, it’s illegal not to vote as the government mandates that all its citizens MUST vote.
However, the government also demands that everyone votes for the same person.
4. Controlled TV
North Korea controls every channel that it’s citizens can watch.
There are only 3 TV channels to choose from and they are strictly controlled by the government.
5. Controlled Religion
North Korea keep control over religion.
If anyone is seen carrying a Bible or any religious text they are imprisoned or executed.
They believe that if the people believe in a power higher than the government, then they could revolt.
6. Family Punishment
If a citizen of North Korea commits a crime then their whole family could face punishment.
In North Korea, the threat of prison and severe punishment always weighs heavy over their lives.
7. Three Classes
In North Korea there is a three-caste system and it’s disturbing.
North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung, established the three-caste system in 1957 to control his populace.
Society is broken down into these three classes: core, wavering, and hostiles, with those most loyal to the government were placed in the ‘core’.
8. Human Waste
North Korea stopped receiving fertilizer for its farm land from South Korea in 2008.
Since then North Korea has turned to human waste as a trade for animal waste.
Each factory in North Korea is made to supply farmers with as much human waste as they need.
9. No Escape
If you try to escape North Korea and your caught you will either be executed or put into a labor camp.
It’s hard to sneak into North Korea, but even harder to get out.
10. No Googling
The only people who are allowed to have access to the internet in North Korea are political leaders and their families, students who are studying at elite universities and members of the military’s cyber warfare department.
11. State Made Web
Computers are also made by a state made operating system.
There are no Window computers or Macs in North Korea.
12. No Wifi
Wi-Fi has been banned at North Korean embassies around the world. There is also no wifi in North Korea.
If (by some stroke of luck) you’re allowed to visit North Korea as a tourist, then a government official will be watching every step you make.
Every interaction, photograph, and visit must first be approved by the government.
14. Military Women
The women in North Korea’s military have to endure incredibly difficult conditions.
They all have to have the same haircut, they’re also required to always march in unison. If they take one misstep then all of them could be sent to a labor camp.
15. No Driving
North Korean citizen is allowed to drive. Only government-sanctioned individuals are allowed to own and drive a car.
16. No International Calls
It is against the law to make an international call in North Korea. If you don’t have permission but make a call anyways then you’re putting your life at risk.
In 2007, a man was alleged to have been shot and killed by the government after making a number of international calls.
Pretty crazy, right?
Thank goodness I don’t live in North Korea!
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