North Korea - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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North Korea

POPULATION 22,224,195
JUCHE between 20.0 and 70.0 percent
CHEONDOGYO, BUDDHIST, PROTESTANT, ROMAN CATHOLIC, FOLK RELIGIONIST LESS THAN 0.2 percent
NONRELIGIOUS between 20.0 and 70.0 percent

North Korea

Country Overview

Article 68 of the constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea states, "Citizens have freedom of religious belief." That same article adds, "No one may use religion as a means by which to drag in foreign powers or to destroy the state or social order." The North Korean government has used that second statement to legitimize its strict control of all religious activities within its borders. Moreover, the North Korean government adopted Juche as its official ideology, stating in article 3 of its constitution that Juche ideology is "the guiding principle of its actions," making Juche the equivalent of an official religion.

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History

North Korea first appears in historical records in 108 B.C.E., when China established an outpost in what is...

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