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Local Time GMT + 9 hours
Population 46.9 million (1999)
Capital City Seoul
Language Korean. Korean has its own alphabet, Hangul, but newspapers and official documents are usually a mix of Hangul and Chinese characters.
Principal Religions Buddhism is the traditional religion and is followed by 20% of the people. About 30% of the population are Christian (predominantly Protestant). Confucianism retains a following.
Local Currency The unit of currency is the Won.
GDP South Korea is placed 13th in world GDP rankings, with a GDP of US$458.6billion in 2000, the fourth largest in Asia, after Japan, China and India.
Weights and measurements Metric. Koreans measure their floor space by old custom of 'pyong', equivalent to 3.3058 square meters. While the government is trying to encourage the use of square meters, Korean still tend to use the pyong system.

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