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North Korea is one of the poorest countries in Asia.
At the end of the Korean War in 1953, the Korean peninsula was divided into two states: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).
Since the significant support provided by countries in Eastern Europe came to an end, the country has been even more isolated and the everyday lives of the North Korean population are in crisis, both from a social and a health perspective. A shortage of medicines, energy supplies and a chronic lack of infrastructure make this one of the poorest countries in Asia.