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Republic of Korea
대한민국 (大韓民國)
Daehan-minguk
Flag Coat of arms
AnthemAegukga (애국가)
The Patriotic Song
Capital Seoul
37°35′N 127°0′E / 37.583°N 127°E / 37.583; 127
Official language(s) Korean
Official scripts Hangul
Demonym South Korean, Korean
Government Semi-presidential republic
 -  President Lee Myung-bak
 -  Prime Minister Chung Un-chan
Legislature National Assembly
Establishment
 -  Founding of Gojoseon 2333 BC[1] 
 -  Japan’s occupation of Korea August 29, 1910 
 -  Independence declared March 1, 1919 
 -  Provisional Government April 13, 1919 
 -  Liberation August 15, 1945 
 -  Constitution July 17, 1948 
 -  Government Proclaimed August 15, 1948 
Area
 -  Total 100,140 km2 (108th)
38,622 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 0.3
Population
 -  2009 estimate 50,062,000 (24th)
 -  Density 500/km2 (21st)
1,296/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $1.345 trillion[2] (13th)
 -  Per capita $27,692[2] (32nd)
GDP (nominal) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $929.124 billion[2] (15th)
 -  Per capita $19,136[2] (36th)
Gini (2007) 31.3[3] (low
HDI (2007) 0.937[4] (very high) (26th)
Currency South Korean won (₩) (KRW)
Time zone Korea Standard Time (UTC+9)
 -  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+9)
Date formats yyyy년 mm월 dd일
yyyy/mm/dd (CE)
Drives on the right
Internet TLD .kr
Calling code 82
1 Mobile phone system CDMA, WCDMA, HSDPA and WiBro
2 Domestic power supply 220V/60 Hz, CEE 7/7 sockets
.South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK) (Korean: 대한민국, pronounced [tɛːhanminɡuk̚]  ( listen)) and often referred to as Korea, is a state in East Asia, located on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula.^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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^ Unlike children in the United States or even Canada, children in parts of the world like East Europe and Asia are often forced to live in destructive and damaging situations.
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^ The involvement of the United States in the Middle East is often criticized as a bid for oil, but no officials have made this an official declaration.
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.It is neighbored by China to the west, Japan to the east, and North Korea to the north.^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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.Its capital is Seoul, the second largest metropolitan city in the world[5] and a major global city.^ The second largest after Japan and the largest exporter in the world, they are not poor!
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^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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[6] South Korea lies in a temperate climate region with a predominantly mountainous terrain. .Its territory covers a total area of 100,032 square kilometers and has a population of over 50 million,[7] making it the third most densely populated (significantly sized) country in the world.^ Third, the U.S. depends mostly on foreign oil because there isn’t enough crude oil under U.S. soil; therefore, it needs to import most of its oil from foreign countries.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ Germany Spends 11% of it's GDP on Healthcare and 100% of it's citizens are covered-totally!
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[8]
Archaeological findings show that the Korean Peninsula was occupied by the Lower Paleolithic period.[9][10] Korean history begins with the founding of Gojoseon in 2333 BC by the legendary Dan-gun. .Following the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea under Silla 668 AD, Korea went through the Goryeo Dynasty and Joseon Dynasty as one nation until the end of the Korean Empire in 1910, when Korea was annexed by Japan.^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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^ According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about three million people in the U.S. experience homelessness each year (1).
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^ The Japanese are one of the big winners in this they can use the dollars to buy more hard assets up in the dollar zone or basically the USA. Japan is a Creditor Nation!
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.After liberation and occupation by Soviet and U.S. forces at the end of World War II, the nation was divided into North and South Korea.^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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^ The earlier half of the 1900's is also where the world saw two of it's greatest wars ever to take place, World War I and World War II. Now the world's nations were really in a timely race to gain the best military technology.
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^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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The latter was established in 1948 as a democracy. .A war between the two Koreas ended in an uneasy cease-fire.^ During the 20th century, that continent was ravaged by two of the greatest wars in history, and between those two wars by a cataclysmic event which originated halfway around the world.
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.After the war and a period of military rule, the South Korean economy grew significantly and the country was transformed into a major economy[11] and a full democracy.^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ The avian flu is a major threat to many poultry farmers, yet the illness has not had a significant effect on the countries’ overall economies.
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^ You act like waging war in Iraq and Afganistan is somehow beneficial to our economy and country?
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.South Korea is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 16 administrative divisions and is a developed country with a high standard of living.^ By 2025, a projected 72% of the elderly population (age 60 and over), or around 864 million people, will be living in developing countries (2).
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^ Users can learn to say no to drugs, set high goals and standards for themselves, and learn how to live a life drug free.
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^ If we simply apply this definition, we find that energy has been a big, if not the biggest, deciding factor in the wealth and overall standard of living in a country.
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It has the fourth largest economy in Asia and the 15th largest in the world.[12] The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and robotics. .South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, OECD and G-20 major economies.^ "IN 2007 the USA added $7.20 of new debt for every dollar of GDP Growth" If an economy is in recession and adds one dollar of national debt, then new debt per unit of dollar GDP growth is infinite because its GDP growth is zero.
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It is also a founding member of APEC and the East Asia Summit.

Contents

Government

.Like many democracies,[13] South Korea's government is divided into three branches: executive, judicial, and legislative.^ Just like the U.S. government, these governments also have to make decisions as to where the money should go, and many governments place homelessness and international aid low on their priority list.
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^ The government should definitely try to put aside money into taking action like they do for AIDS and for other issues in this world.
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^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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.The executive and legislative branches operate primarily at the national level, although various ministries in the executive branch also carry out local functions.^ This organization operates on the local, national, and global levels.
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^ Poverty on the local level and the national level aren’t much different.
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^ If parent support and accountability was heavily encouraged and organizations created at a national level, the chances of it occurring at a local level will increases.
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Local governments are semi-autonomous, and contain executive and legislative bodies of their own. .The judicial branch operates at both the national and local levels.^ This organization operates on the local, national, and global levels.
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^ If parent support and accountability was heavily encouraged and organizations created at a national level, the chances of it occurring at a local level will increases.
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^ The state delegates the task of day-to-day operations to school districts at the local level.¹ In addition, the state establishes colleges, develops criteria, and determines requirements for enrollment and graduation.² Basically, the national public school education system is powered by the states.
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South Korea is a constitutional democracy.
The South Korean government's structure is determined by the Constitution of the Republic of Korea. This document has been revised several times since its first promulgation in 1948 at independence. .However, it has retained many broad characteristics and with the exception of the short-lived Second Republic of South Korea, the country has always had a presidential system with an independent chief executive.^ However, even if a country does have an adequate supply of public housing, many times the housing is located in an undesirable area or has been left to fester in its lack of good management.
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^ However, in many developed countries, a large portion of taxes is used to pay for services for the homeless and poor such as Medicaid.
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^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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[14] .The first direct election was also held in 1948. Although South Korea experienced a series of military dictatorships since the 1960s up until the 1980s, it has since developed into a successful liberal democracy.^ First, I think people need to see that there is a channel being constructed that has the potential to be effective in directing their anger into real positive reform and change.
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^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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^ Thus in democracy the people should be held at least into some point accountable on the deeds of their representatives.
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Today, the CIA World Factbook describes South Korea's democracy as a "fully functioning modern democracy".[15]

History

Before division

Korean history begins with the legendary founding of Joseon (often known as "Gojoseon" to prevent confusion with another dynasty founded in the 14th century; the prefix Go- means 'old' or 'earlier') in 2333 BC by Dangun.[16] Gojoseon expanded until it controlled much of the northern Korean Peninsula and parts of Manchuria, a total territory nearly the size of Western Europe. .After numerous wars with the Chinese Han Dynasty, Gojoseon disintegrated, leading to the Proto-Three Kingdoms of Korea period.^ The Chinese pushed literacy realizing the importance of educated officials, and built an imperial examination system during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 BC).
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In the early centuries of the Common Era, Buyeo, Okjeo, Dongye, and the Samhan confederacy occupied the peninsula and southern Manchuria. Of the various small states, Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla grew to control the peninsula as Three Kingdoms of Korea. .The unification of the Three Kingdoms by Silla in 676 led to the North South States Period, in which much of the Korean Peninsula was controlled by Unified Silla, while Balhae succeeded the northern parts of Goguryeo.^ This means that some states, mainly those in the north east, are spending almost twice as much on their students than states in other parts of the country.
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^ Some of the Eastern States of Germany still have economic trouble but the cost of living is also much less in that part of Germany.
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In Unified Silla, poetry and art was encouraged, and Buddhist culture flourished. Relationships between Korea and China remained relatively peaceful during this time. However, Unified Silla weakened under internal strife, and surrendered to Goryeo in 935. Balhae, Silla's neighbor to the north, was formed as a successor state to Goguryeo. During its height, Balhae controlled most of Manchuria and parts of Russia. It fell to the Khitan in 926.
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Jikji, the first known book printed with movable metal type in 1377, which is 62 years earlier than Gutenburg's Printing press.
^ He wrote he is sure the new history text-book will be a smashing success, and he is ready to buy a good part of the first print-run.
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Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris.
After the North-South Period, successor states fought for control during the Later Three Kingdoms period. The peninsula was soon united by Emperor Taejo of Goryeo. .Like Silla, Goryeo was a highly cultural state and created the Jikji in 1377, using the world's oldest movable metal printing press.^ China is toiling over how they can use alternative energy source, much like we do here in the States, but China is also overly populated, so their decisions are crucial to the rest of the world.
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^ What’s shocking is that out of all the countries in the world, the United States is the largest consumer of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and is increasingly using methamphetamine.
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^ Therefore, the use of oil in the world needs to be curtailed before prices gauge checkbooks even more than the present state.
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The Mongol invasions in the 13th century greatly weakened Goryeo. .After nearly 30 years of war, Goryeo continued to rule Korea, though as a tributary ally to the Mongols.^ Not only is the economy weaker compared to 30 years ago but the Military is perhaps 1/3rd the size as during the Cold War!
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After the Mongolian Empire collapsed, severe political strife followed and the Goryeo Dynasty was replaced by the Joseon Dynasty in 1388 following a rebellion by General Yi Seong-gye.
King Taejo declared the new name of Korea as "Joseon" in reference to Gojoseon, and moved the capital to Seoul. The first 200 years of the Joseon Dynasty were marked by relative peace and saw the creation of Hangul by King Sejong the Great in the 14th century and the rise in influence of Confucianism in the country.
Gyeongbok Palace is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty.
Between 1592 and 1598, the Japanese invaded Korea. Toyotomi Hideyoshi led the forces and tried to invade the Asian continent through Korea, but was eventually repelled by the Righteous army and assistance from Ming Dynasty China. .This war also saw the rise of Admiral Yi Sun-sin and his renowned "turtle ship". In the 1620s and 1630s, Joseon suffered from invasions by the Manchu who eventually conquered all of China.^ These are people all over America, as well as the world, who are major promoters of the drug war.
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^ In example concerning Iraq war our economic research institute, ETLA, calculated before the Iraq war the Eurozone would suffer economically from the war and from the rise of oil prices.
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^ But here in Russia we have seen so much suffering in the 20th century, the repressions, the war, occupation, I mean, we saw a lot of suffering.
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After another series of wars against Manchuria, Joseon experienced a nearly 200-year period of peace. King Yeongjo and King Jeongjo especially led a new renaissance of the Joseon Dynasty.
.However, the latter years of the Joseon Dynasty were marked by excessive dependence on China for external affairs and isolation from the outside world.^ Afghanistan: Problem : war and isolation of the country continue Solution : Due to internal strife, the country has been isolated from the outside world and trying to endure the economic hardships and lack of resources.
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.During the 19th century, Korea's isolationist policy earned it the name the "Hermit Kingdom". The Joseon Dynasty tried to protect itself against Western imperialism, but was eventually forced to open trade.^ During the mid-19th century, Cocaine finally took form as the familiar powder substance we all recognize today.
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^ During the 19th century, Washington was generally happy to do favors for Wall Street financiers.
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^ The last time Europe had equal or higher levels of free trade and free movement was 19th-century.
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After the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War, Korea came under Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945). .At the end of World War II, the Japanese surrendered to Soviet and U.S. forces who occupied the northern and southern halves of Korea, respectively.^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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^ These are people all over America, as well as the world, who are major promoters of the drug war.
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^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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After division

.Despite the initial plan of a unified Korea in the 1943 Cairo Declaration, escalating Cold War antagonism between the Soviet Union and the United States eventually led to the establishment of separate governments, each with its own ideology, leading to Korea's division into two political entities in 1948: North Korea and South Korea.^ In this sense, the Sovereign can declare war on the initiative of her government and the consent of Parliament is not required.
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^ Each day in the United States, 2,019 babies are born into poverty; meaning that a baby is born into povery every 48 seconds.
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^ "For decades we have been dreaming that things in the Soviet Union would be like in the United States...
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.In the North, a former anti-Japanese guerrilla and communist activist, Kim Il-sung gained power through Soviet support, and in the South, an exiled and right-wing Korean political leader, Syngman Rhee, was installed as president.^ In a primitive political system, power is transmitted through violence, or the threat of violence: military coups, private militias, and so on.
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^ Instead, the American financial industry gained political power by amassing a kind of cultural capitala belief system.
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The Seoul Olympic Stadium, seen from the Han River, hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics.
On 25 June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea with military force which led to the Korean War. .At the time, the Soviet Union had boycotted the United Nations (UN), thus forfeiting their veto rights.^ "For decades we have been dreaming that things in the Soviet Union would be like in the United States...
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^ Because the United States was competing with the Soviet Union at this time, the government wanted to make sure that the most qualified people would be there to help the United States.
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^ Since 2003 the UN has imposed their new United Nations Literacy Decade for the years 2003-2012.
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.This allowed the UN to intervene in a civil war when it became apparent that the superior North Korean forces would unify the entire country.^ If this was a war intended to destabilise the Euro, the allies would have actively discouraged the participation of any Eurozone countries.
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^ If we wanted to right every wrong that we see in the modern world then we would do little else than intervene in the affairs of other countries.
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^ If it were possible to run the entire nation on renewable energy sources our country would be a lot more independent.
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The Soviet Union and China backed North Korea, with the later participation of millions of Chinese troops. .After huge advances on both sides, and massive losses among Korean civilians in both the north and the south, the war eventually reached a stalemate.^ Of course a few playing ABS from the long side had huge losses and a few playing it from the short side had huge gains.
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The 1953 armistice, never signed by South Korea, split the peninsula along the demilitarized zone near the original demarcation line. .No peace treaty was signed, resulting in the two countries remaining technically at war.^ These two countries are among many other countries that have been in tribal war for more than 50 years.
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.At least 2.5 million people died during the Korean War.^ Is that the same Lenin that mass murdered millions of people during 1918-1922?
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^ Sherman burnt towns during our Civil War, but there was never any burning of people to my knowledge.
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^ Millions of children around the world are dying each day and we need to help out, and I think that the only way we can do such is by helping the people who can help.
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In 1960, a student uprising led to the resignation of the autocratic President Syngman Rhee. .A period of political instability followed, broken by General Park Chung-hee's military coup (the "5-16 coup d'état") against the weak and ineffectual government the next year.^ In a primitive political system, power is transmitted through violence, or the threat of violence: military coups, private militias, and so on.
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^ In 1910 society began to see the nasal damage that snorting cocaine was causing and in 1912 the government reported 5,000 cocaine related deaths in the period of one year.
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^ The United States government, above all, spends a tremendous amount of money every year on its military.
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.Park took over as president until his assassination in 1979, overseeing rapid export-led economic growth as well as severe political repression.^ China should reduce dependency on its exports, and instead look to their own people for revenue, encouraging economic growth with a stronger domestic market.
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^ I honestly believe it is also in the interest of our biggest corporations to stop influencing our government, because until they do, so our country is not going to be seeing any real economic growth.
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.Park was heavily criticised as a ruthless military dictator, although the Korean economy developed significantly during his tenure.^ Not only is the economy weaker compared to 30 years ago but the Military is perhaps 1/3rd the size as during the Cold War!
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.The years after Park's assassination were marked again by considerable political turmoil as the previously repressed opposition leaders all campaigned to run for president in the sudden political void.^ Sarkosy's Finance Min says President of France will walk away from G20 Summit if a global regulatory regime is not approved by all leaders (my interpretation).
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.In 1980 there was another coup d'état by General Chun Doo-hwan against the transitional government of Choi Gyu Ha, the interim president and a former prime minister under Park.^ There's another equally disturbing expose in "The Quiet Coup," Simon Johnson's great article in Atlantic magazine.
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Chun assumed the presidency. His seizure of power triggered nationwide protests demanding democracy, in particular in the city of Gwangju, in Jeollanam-do, where Chun sent special forces to violently suppress the Gwangju Democratization Movement.
View of the Seoul World Cup Stadium used during the 2002 FIFA World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan.
Chun and his government held Korea under a despotic rule until 1987, when Park Jong Chul—a student attending Seoul National University—was tortured to death. .On 10 June, the Catholic Priests' Association for Justice revealed Park's torture, igniting huge demonstrations around the country.^ Tomricc, Germany also doesn't have a navy deployed around the world, a huge nuclear arsenal, troops in countless countries in over 600 military bases.
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^ So on the "Catholic Christmas" we have crowds of Santa-s walking around, the main church of the country would be the Santa Maria catholic cathedral in Moscow.
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Eventually, Chun's party, the Democratic Justice Party, and its leader, Roh Tae-woo announced the June 29th Declaration, which included the direct election of the president. Roh went on to win the election by a narrow margin against the two main opposition leaders, Kim Dae-Jung and Kim Young-Sam.
View of Seoul's Gangnam district today. South Korea's economic success is often called the Miracle on the Han River.
.In 1988, Seoul successfully hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics, and continuing economic development led to membership in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 1996. As with many of its Asian neighbors, South Korea was adversely affected by the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, however the country was able to recover and continue its economic growth.^ In Southeast Europe, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently begun gathering statistics and other research in order to bring education for children with special needs to their countries.
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^ However, in many developed countries, a large portion of taxes is used to pay for services for the homeless and poor such as Medicaid.
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^ A current report issued by the National Public Education Financial Survey discovered that escalating student success and accomplishment directly leads to national economic growth.
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.In June 2000, as part of president Kim Dae-Jung's "Sunshine Policy" of engagement, a North-South summit took place in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.^ The enactment of this minimum wage policy took place over a few decades.
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Later that year, Kim received the Nobel Peace Prize "for his work for democracy and human rights in South Korea and in East Asia in general, and for peace and reconciliation with North Korea in particular."[19]
.In 2002, South Korea and Japan jointly co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup, however South Korean and Japanese relations later soured due to conflicting claims of sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo), in what became known as the Liancourt Rocks dispute.^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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^ However, in other parts of the world, children have more difficulty obtaining a quality primary education and thus, have a harder time later on in life.
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^ Also, there is something known as the Homeless World Cup.
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Foreign relations

.South Korea maintains diplomatic relations with approximately 170 countries.^ Banda stated, “one party, one government, one leader, and no nonsense about it.” While Banda was in power, he maintained close relations to former colonizers and the white government of South Africa.
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.The country has also been a member of the United Nations since 1991, when it became a member state at the same time as North Korea.^ Some European countries, in constrast, have instated a higher minimum wage that the United States'.
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^ Through the ICT Trust Fund, which is through a partnership “between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)”, many countries are receiving computers for the very first time.
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^ National Public Primary Education:History In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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On January 1, 2007, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon assumed the post of UN Secretary-General. .It has also developed links with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as both a member of ASEAN Plus three, a body of observers, and the East Asia Summit (EAS).^ Exports from the region have almost doubled over the last three years”, causing a boom in many East Asian countries.
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.Beginning in May 2007, South Korea and the European Union have been negotiating a free trade agreement to reduce trade barriers.^ And require in all free-trade agreements that the signatories match or exceed our labor, environmental, and safety standards within five years.
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^ I agree with you that the U.K. should show more leadership, but not towards a federal europe but back towards the light of what the the european union should be, a free trading block.
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[20] .South Korea is also negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with Canada,[21] and another with New Zealand.^ And require in all free-trade agreements that the signatories match or exceed our labor, environmental, and safety standards within five years.
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[22] .In November 2009, South Korea made its accession to the OECD Development Assistance Committee marking the first time a former aid recipient country has joined the group as a donor member.^ Although a lot of the first schools did push for literacy there have been times throughout it where places in developing countries like African nations still struggle with teaching those basic skills.
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^ When panel members were asked about when the good times would end, the group unequivocally and unanimously agreed that not until a disaster occurred would the money stop flowing.
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^ Moreover, through warfare we create homeless problems internationally, but we and other wealthy nations fail to provide sufficient monetary aid to other countries in need of assistance.
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South Korea has also agreed to host the G-20 Summit in Seoul in 2010.

China

Historically, Korea has had relatively close relations with China. Before the formation of South Korea, Korean independence fighters worked with Chinese soldiers during the Japanese occupation. .However, after World War II, the People's Republic of China embraced Maoism while South Korea sought close relations with the United States.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ OTOH, it would do most people around the world good to study where America is in relation to where they are.
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^ Brendan Bell from the Washington Post notes that the United States consumes 25% of the world’s oil (3).
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.The PRC assisted North Korea with manpower and supplies during the Korean War, and in its aftermath the diplomatic relationship between South Korea and the PRC almost completely ceased.^ During the 20th century, that continent was ravaged by two of the greatest wars in history, and between those two wars by a cataclysmic event which originated halfway around the world.
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^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.Relations thawed gradually and South Korea and the PRC re-established formal diplomatic relations on August 24, 1992. The two countries sought to improve bilateral relations and lifted the forty-year old trade embargo, and[23] South Korean-Chinese relations have improved steadily since 1992.[23] The Republic of Korea broke off official relations with the Republic of China upon gaining official relations with the People's Republic of China.^ The People’s Republic of China is one such country.
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^ Since 1992 no major reserves have been found, yet the world’s supply was only predicted to last it 65 years at the time.
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^ Many of these users are youths and young people starting at ages below 10 years old.
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Japan

Liancourt Rocks has become an issue known as the Liancourt Rocks dispute
.Although there were no formal diplomatic ties between South Korea and Japan after the end of World War II, South Korea and Japan signed the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea in 1965 to establish diplomatic ties.^ However, if there was a formal declaration of war, she would have to sign it.
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^ The result is that there was a war in Iraq, occupation of Iraq and UK continued presence in the middle east and there seems to be no rational reasons for UK to be there or any advantages to be had.
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^ For a state to prepare for a end of a world situation, be it world war or a natural disaster is being vigilant.
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There is heavy anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea due to a number of unsettled Japanese-Korean disputes, many of which stem from the period of Japanese occupation. .During World War II, more than 100,000 Koreans were forced to serve in the Imperial Japanese Army.^ More than seventy percent of the minimum wage work force are adults, many of whom rely on a full-time minimum wage job to support their families.
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^ The difference again is that France, Germany and other EU countries are more prepared for conventional war than to projecting force outside Europe.
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^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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[25][26] Korean women were lured to the war front to serve the Imperial Japanese Army as sexual slaves, called comfort women.[27][28]
.Longstanding issues such as Japanese war crimes against Korean civilians, the visits by Japanese politicians to the Yasukuni Shrine honoring Japanese soldiers killed at war (including some class A war criminals), the re-writing of Japanese textbooks to overlook Japanese aggression during World War II, and the territorial disputes over Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo)[29] continue to trouble Korean-Japanese relations.^ The drug was especially used for this purpose during WWII. The soldiers in the war would inject the drug to keep them amped and awake to continue fighting.
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^ Afghanistan: Problem : war and isolation of the country continue Solution : Due to internal strife, the country has been isolated from the outside world and trying to endure the economic hardships and lack of resources.
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^ During the 20th century, that continent was ravaged by two of the greatest wars in history, and between those two wars by a cataclysmic event which originated halfway around the world.
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In response to then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, former President Roh Moo-hyun suspended all summit talks between South Korea and Japan.[30]

North Korea

Both North and South Korea continue to officially claim sovereignty over the entire peninsula and any outlying islands. With longstanding animosity following the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, North Korea and South Korea signed an agreement to pursue peace.[31] .On October 4, 2007, Roh Moo-Hyun and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il signed an eight-point agreement on issues of permanent peace, high-level talks, economic cooperation, renewal of train services, highway and air travel, and a joint Olympic cheering squad.^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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[31]
Despite the Sunshine Policy and efforts at reconciliation, the progress was complicated by North Korean missile tests in 1993, 1998, 2006 and 2009. .As of early 2009, relationships between North and South Korea are very tense; North Korea has been reported to have deployed missiles,[32] ended its former agreements with South Korea,[33] and threatened South Korea and the United States not to interfere with a satellite launch it had planned.^ This is early beginning is not looked down upon as it is in the United States, it is a part of that society.
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^ The United States is very well aware of this and simply needs to keep Saudi on board in order to achieve this.
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^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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[34] .As of 2009, North and South Korea are still technically at war (having never signed an armistice after the Korean War) and share the world’s most heavily fortified border.^ Even if there are no direct campaign contributions, there is still the shock and awe effect of having built a world beating commercial enterprise.
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^ Despite varied approaches to public housing around the world, most housing programs share some common problems.
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^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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[35] .On May 27, 2009, North Korea declared that the ceasefire treaty, signed post Korean War, is no longer valid due to the South Korean government's pledge to "definitely join" the Proliferation Security Initiative.^ In their accession treaty they pledged to join Euro, but they haven't done that.
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^ However, if there was a formal declaration of war, she would have to sign it.
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^ But the "EU" does not complain about the anti-democratic events which lead to the Lisbon Treaty being signed by some UK-government apparatchik.
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United States

.The United States engaged in the decolonization of Korea (mainly South, Soviet Union engaged North Korea) from Japan after World War II. After 3 years of military administration by the United States, the South Korean government was established.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ While the rate has increased in recent years, the overall trend for poverty in the United States is declining.
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^ Brendan Bell from the Washington Post notes that the United States consumes 25% of the world’s oil (3).
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Upon the onset of the Korean War, U.S. forces were sent to defend South Korea against invasion by North Korea and later China. .Following the ceasefire, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to a "Mutual Defense Treaty", under which an attack on either party would summon a response from both.^ Some mutual defense treaty.
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^ In your belief you would be content to simply sit back, accept all until you are under attack, and then hope somebody helps you.
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^ It would also be kiss of death to both Nord Stream (gas pipeline under Baltic sea) and to South Stream (pipeline from Russia to Italy).
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Currently, the U.S. Eighth Army, Seventh Air Force and U.S. Naval Forces Korea are stationed in South Korea. .The two nations have strong economic, diplomatic and military ties, although they have at times disagreed with regards to policies towards North Korea.^ Still think they are wrong in the direction they want the E.U. to go but can respect them for most of the time putting the E.U. above their own narrow national interests, unlike their close ally.
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^ The earlier half of the 1900's is also where the world saw two of it's greatest wars ever to take place, World War I and World War II. Now the world's nations were really in a timely race to gain the best military technology.
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^ Although I do agree that nations must first stabilize their educational system, they also have to realize that they can gain just as much by helping a less fortunate country educate its citizens.
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.In 2007, a free trade agreement known as the Republic of Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) was signed between South Korea and the United States, but has not yet been approved by the legislative bodies of the two countries.^ It’s no surprise then, that the United States invests more per student that almost any other country in the world.
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^ Today, nuclear energy is widely used in developed countries, and is the source of 20% of the United States’ electrical energy.
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^ Child poverty in the United States is usually double than that of other major western industrialized countries.
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Armed forces

A long history of invasions by neighbors and the unresolved tension with North Korea have prompted South Korea to allocate 2.6% of its GDP and 15% of all government spending to its military, while maintaining compulsory conscription for men.[36] .Consequently, South Korea has the world's sixth largest number of active troops,[37] the world's second-largest number of reserve troops[37] and the twelfth largest defence budget.^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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^ The second largest after Japan and the largest exporter in the world, they are not poor!
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^ South Asia has the second highest number of people living with AIDS in the world.
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.The Republic of Korea, with a regular military force numbering 3.7 million regular personnel among a total national population of 50 million people, has the second highest number of soldiers per capita in the world[37], after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.^ America has a Doctor Shortage and also America has less Hospital Beds Available per Capita then most other Western nations, know why?
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^ The USA has 8 million people in it's correctional Institutions including Jail, Prision,Probation,Parole,etc which is about 1/3rd the world's total.
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^ And the Mercer Survey said Germany has the Second Highest wages/benfits in the world after Switzerland.
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[38]
.The South Korean military consists of the Army (ROKA), the Navy (ROKN), the Air Force (ROKAF), and the Marine Corps (ROKMC), and reserve forces.^ And Europe also has a large Military, they just usually do not use it as often as the USA does but Europe has a large Navy, a Large Airforce and an Army bigger then the US has.
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^ I didn't pay for my college at all, I was in the US Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and they paid for it and gave me a stipend to spend too (for having the fun)!
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^ US army Reserve Officer Training Corps.
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[39] Many of these forces are concentrated near the Korean Demilitarized Zone. .All South Korean males are constitutionally required to serve in the military, typically for a period of two years.^ How do you explain all these large American suberbs with two or three car garages all over Florida and the South?
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.However, there have been debates about shortening the length of the military services, and even dismissing the mandatory service itself.^ You may even be right but there is no point in debating with someone who has already made up their mind.
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^ However, there are two major service categories that should attract the attention of citizens all over the world.
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^ There is a debate to be had about both the power and the impartiality of the BBC but that is a different matter because you asked about Newscorp.
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.The government recently allowed some male students who were in the process of earning a university bachelor's degree and master's degree to dismiss the military requirements to allow them to further study and research their fields.^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
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^ Some feel the government's attempt at intervening on the educational level by implicating tests to measure students proficiency is biased towards certain races.
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^ These preschools received government money and were managed by local charity organizations.&sup7 At the time studies showed that students who went to preschool performed better in high school.
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Furthermore, Koreans of mixed race are exempt from military duty if they "look distinctively biracial".[40]
.Along with ROK soldiers, some Korean males are selected to serve two years in the KATUSA Program.^ Rather, blaming the pop of the housing bubble for all our problems is a sort of programmed response from the ideological buffer that we have assimilated over the last thirty some years.
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[41]
The South Korean army has 2,300 tanks in operation,[42] including the K1A1 and K2 Black Panther. .The South Korean navy has the world's sixth largest fleet of destroyers, including the King Sejong the Great class destroyer, which has an Aegis guided missile system.^ Germany has an extensive Vocational/Trade training system, the largest in the world.
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[43] .The South Korean air force operates the ninth largest air force in the world,[44] including American fighters such as the F-15K, KF-16, and the indigenous T-50 Golden Eagle.^ Many cultures, such as Asian cultures and South American ones, kept it in their tradition to take care of elderly in their own homes.
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^ Basically, if this problem persists indefinitely the American society will not survive, and we will be forced to take orders from the world superpowers, since we will not longer be one.
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ROKN guided-missile destroyer Sejong the Great (DDG 991)
From time to time, South Korea has sent its troops overseas to assist American forces. .It has participated in most major conflicts that the United States has been involved in the past 50 years.^ Ask anybody who has ever visited the United States what is the most noticeanle thing?
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^ While the rate has increased in recent years, the overall trend for poverty in the United States is declining.
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^ Child poverty in the United States is usually double than that of other major western industrialized countries.
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.South Korea dispatched 320,000 troops to fight alongside American, Australian, Filipino, New Zealand and South Vietnamese soldiers in the Vietnam War, with a peak strength of 50,000. Most recently, South Korea sent 3,300 troops of the Zaytun Division to help re-building in northern Iraq, and was the 3rd largest contributor in the coalition forces after only the US and Britain.^ The drug was especially used for this purpose during WWII. The soldiers in the war would inject the drug to keep them amped and awake to continue fighting.
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^ Although it did help in some respects, Johnson’s Great Society eventually disappeared, partly as a result of Republican’s combating it in Congress and partly because of the Vietnam War.
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^ The ONE Campaign is a "new effort by Americans to rally Americans – ONE by ONE – to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty."
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.The United States has stationed a substantial contingent of troops in South Korea since the Korean War to defend South Korea in case of a North Korean attack.^ The United States government has been trying to battle against every kind of poverty since its early ages.
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^ The United States could not realistically launch a unilateral war for diplomatic reasons.
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^ The war drains money from the United States which could be used to better our education system, maybe buy more chairs or make transportation more convenient.
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.There are also approximately 29,000 U.S. Military personnel stationed in Korea,[47] most of them serving one year of unaccompanied tours.^ In New Orleans there is another homemade Confederate Submarine in front of the museum and I have to admit it is one of the most desperate looking machines of war I have ever seen.
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^ At 06:27am on 13 Dec 2008 , politejomsviking wrote: WebAlice, in the South the Labradour retriever is one of the most popular dogs there is.
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^ I read someplace it was discovered we paid Russian pensions to 80,000 people there for years.
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.The American troops, which primarily are assigned to the Eighth United States Army are stationed in installations at Osan, Yongsan, Dongducheon, Sungbuk, and Daegu.^ In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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^ National Public Primary Education:History In the United States, public school education is primarily the responsibility of each individual state.
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^ Inflation has become an increasingly worrying to the United States and controlling it would benefit many Americans.
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.A still functioning UN Command is technically the top of the chain of command of all forces in South Korea, including the US forces and the entire South Korean military.^ I often get a kick out of foreigners saying the US has never had to fight on it's own soil on the BBC. Most US military leaders come from the South and proably grew up with America's bloodiest battlefields all around them and wreckage of war that still comes to the surface after a good rain.
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.Although, if a sudden escalation of war between North and South Korea were to occur, as of currently, the United States would assume control of the South Korean Army in all military and paramilitary moves.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ If all resources were available, nations that face this hurdle should consider demolishing current structures that are abandoned or in such a terrible state that renovation is not an option.
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^ One of the main external reasons for why Africa is in its current state of poverty is the colonial period which occurred from the 15th century all the way until the middle of the 20th century.
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.However, in September 2006, the Presidents of the United States and the Republic of Korea agreed that South Korea should assume the lead for its own defense.^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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^ However, between 1960 and 1980, the total population of the United States increased around 19% while the population of those aged 65 and older increased by about 35%.
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^ It’s odd that a first world country such as the United States is the world’s leading consumer of cocaine.
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In early 2007, the U.S. Secretary of Defense and ROK Minister of National Defense determined that South Korea will assume wartime operational control of its forces on April 17, 2012. U.S. Forces Korea will transform into a new joint-warfighting command, provisionally described as Korea Command (KORCOM).[48]

Administrative divisions

See also Special cities of Korea and Provinces of Korea
Principal divisions of South Korea
General map of South Korea
The major administrative divisions in South Korea are provinces, metropolitan cities (self-governing cities that are not part of any province), and one special city.
Namea hangul hanja population
Special city (Teukbyeolsi)a
1 Seoul (Special City) 서울특별시 首爾特別市 10,421,782
Metropolitan cities (Gwangyeoksi)a
2 Busan 부산광역시 釜山廣域市 3,635,389
3 Daegu 대구광역시 大邱廣域市 2,512,604
4 Incheon 인천광역시 仁川廣域市 2,628,000
5 Gwangju 광주광역시 光州廣域市 1,415,953
6 Daejeon 대전광역시 大田廣域市 1,442,857
7 Ulsan 울산광역시 蔚山廣域市 1,087,958
Provinces (Do)a
8 Gyeonggi-do 경기도 京畿道 10,415,399
9 Gangwon-do 강원도 江原道 1,592,000
10 Chungcheongbuk-do (Northern Chungcheong) 충청북도 忠淸北道 1,462,621
11 Chungcheongnam-do (Southern Chungcheong) 충청남도 忠淸南道 1,840,410
12 Jeollabuk-do (Northern Jeolla) 전라북도 全羅北道 1,890,669
13 Jeollanam-do (Southern Jeolla) 전라남도 全羅南道 1,994,287
14 Gyeongsangbuk-do (Northern Gyeongsang) 경상북도 慶尙北道 2,775,890
15 Gyeongsangnam-do (Southern Gyeongsang) 경상남도 慶尙南道 2,970,929
Special self-governing province (Teukbyeoljachi-do)a
16 Jeju-teukbyeoljachido (Jeju-do) 제주특별자치도 濟州特別自治道 560,000

Geography and climate

Topography of South Korea
Boseong tea field.
South Korea occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula, which extends some 680 miles (1,100 km) from the Asian mainland. This mountainous peninsula is flanked by the Yellow Sea to the west, and the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to the east. .Its southern tip lies on the Korea Strait and the East China Sea.^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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The country's total area is 38,622.57 square miles (100,032.00 km2).[49]
.South Korea can be divided into four general regions: an eastern region of high mountain ranges and narrow coastal plains; a western region of broad coastal plains, river basins, and rolling hills; a southwestern region of mountains and valleys; and a southeastern region dominated by the broad basin of the Nakdong River.^ With much to take into consideration within the next generation, one thing is clear, we need an efficient energy source and an answer to high gas prices.
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South Korea's terrain is mostly mountainous, most of which is not arable. .Lowlands, located primarily in the west and southeast, constitute only 30% of the total land area.^ You can buy houses with land for $30,000 Euros in some areas for example.
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About three thousand islands, mostly small and uninhabited, lie off the western and southern coasts of South Korea. Jeju-do is located about 100 kilometers (about 60 mi) off the southern coast of South Korea. It is the country's largest island, with an area of 1,845 square kilometres (712 sq mi). Jeju is also the site of South Korea's highest point: Hallasan, an extinct volcano, reaches 1,950 meters (6,398 ft) above sea level. The most eastern islands of South Korea include Ulleungdo and Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo), while Marado and Socotra Rock are the southernmost islands of South Korea.
.South Korea has 20 national parks and some popular nature places like Boseong Tea Field, Suncheon Bay Ecological Park in South Jeolla province.^ Looks like you live in a quite how to say "ecological" place, booming with things.
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Climate

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.South Korea tends to have a humid continental climate and a humid subtropical climate, and is affected by the East Asian monsoon, with precipitation heavier in summer during a short rainy season called jangma (장마), which begins end of June through the end of July.^ In short during this democracy's election we heard a lot about the 3 AM phone call to the President, and how stressful that is.
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.Winters can be extremely cold with the minimum temperature dropping to -20 °C in the northernmost part of the country: in Seoul, the average January temperature range is −7 °C to 1 °C (19 °F to 33 °F), and the average August temperature range is 22 °C to 30 °C (71 °F to 86 °F).^ January 2010 (20) December 2009 (19) November 2009 (23) October 2009 (19) September 2009 (28) August 2009 (1) complete archive .
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^ The minimum wage in various countries in Europe, when converted to U.S. dollars, ranges from $442.77 (in Netherlands) to $22,969.85 (in Malta) per year.
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Winter temperatures are higher along the southern coast and considerably lower in the mountainous interior.
Rainfall is concentrated in the summer months of June through September. The southern coast is subject to late summer typhoons that bring strong winds and heavy rains. The average annual precipitation varies from 1,370 millimeters (54 inches) in Seoul to 1,470 millimeters (58 inches) in Busan. There are occasional typhoons that bring high winds and floods.

Environment

Cheonggyecheon, a stream running through downtown Seoul, was restored after being paved over for a motorway.
.During the first 20 years of South Korea's growth surge, little effort was made to preserve the environment.^ Hopefully these great excesses will lead to prosecutions when the panic is over and St Obama's efforts have led to little other than 20% unemployment.
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^ Unfortunately, the government made no effort to preserve the site and it was torn down.
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^ Let's say they made 10, 20 30 million a year over the decade in question, which was taxed at 80%.
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[50] Unchecked industrialization and urban development have resulted in deforestation and the ongoing destruction of wetlands such as the Songdo Tidal Flat.[51] .However, there have been recent efforts to balance these problems, including a government run $84 billion five-year green growth project that aims to boost energy efficiency and green technology.^ Before running up further outsized budget deficits, should we not heed the markets that now see a 10 percent probability that the U.S. government will default on its sovereign debt in the next five years?
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^ Realistically, there is no way the government could stop the drug problem with their current funds and limited time.
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^ If they were able to see that the source of the drug problem is not enough education, or bad environments, the government could focus more of their attention to these types of solutions.
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[52][53]
.The green-based economic strategy is a comprehensive overhaul of South Korea’s economy, utilizing nearly two percent of the national GDP.[52] The greening initiative includes such efforts as a nation wide bike network, solar and wind energy, lowering oil dependent vehicles, backing daylight savings and extensive usage of environmentally friendly technologies such as LEDs in electronics and lighting.^ Over the last three years, economic growth in the region has averaged 6.1 percent a year [1], the strongest growth in the region in nearly three decades.
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^ Such options include hybrid cars, electric cars, highly fuel efficient cars, hydrogen based fuel, ethanol based fuel, and fuel cells.
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^ So why don’t we use solar and wind energy?
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[54] .The country - already the world's most wired - plans to build a nationwide next-generation network which will be 10 times faster than current broadband facilities in order to reduce energy usage.^ They could have already ordered consultant army from Poyry to plan national forest industry strategy, plot plan where and what to build.
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^ But right now, as it stands, the countries with higher educations generally show a greater income than third world countries that are struggling to get by.
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^ In order for America to remain a world power, the next generations to come must be equally if not better educated than the current generations.
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[54]
Seoul's tap water recently became safe to drink, with city officials branding it "Arisu" in a bid to convince the public.[55] Efforts have also been made with afforestation projects. .Another multi-billion dollar project was the restoration of Cheonggyecheon, a stream running through downtown Seoul that had earlier been paved over by a motorway.^ By the way Florida is now Projecting a 30-50 billion dollar budget shortfall over the next 4 years!
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[56] .One major challenge is air quality, with acid rain, sulphur oxides, and annual yellow dust storms being particular problems.^ There is one major problem when you are seriously ill and that is getting referred quickly and to the right people.
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[50] .It is acknowledged that many of these difficulties are a result of South Korea's proximity to China, which is a major air polluter.^ Because of these conditions, many Americans have had difficulty paying their housing bills and other living expenses each year.
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^ The Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) released a report that highlighted the successes of teaching English to students in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and South Korea, in addition to many other countries.
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[50]
.South Korea is a member of the Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity Treaty, Kyoto Protocol (forming the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG), regarding UNFCCC,[57] with Mexico and Switzerland), Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, and Whaling.^ Although oil pollution has had great impacts on the seas it is not limited to the impact it has on marine creatures.
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^ Global warming, acid rain, oil pollution and radioactive/ nuclear waste are the main environmental concerns of the twenty first century.
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^ In order to continue running on fossil fuels and power stations we must tend to the environmental hazards such as air and water pollution.
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Economy

South Korea's real GDP growth from 1960 to 2007, in billions of US dollars. This rapid growth is termed the Miracle on the Han River.
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The $40 billion Songdo International City in Incheon Free Economic Zone is the largest private real estate project in history.
^ In the past several years, international firms, the majority from the U.S. and England, have purchased nearly $25 billion in apartments owned by German cities.
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Hyundai Kia Automotive Group is the world's largest automaker by profit[60] and fourth biggest in terms of units sold.
^ What’s shocking is that out of all the countries in the world, the United States is the largest consumer of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and is increasingly using methamphetamine.
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The KTX-II developed by South Korea is the world's fourth high-speed train to exceed the 350km/h mark.[62]
.South Korea is a developed country and had one of the world's fastest growing economies from the early 1960s to the late 1990s.^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ The “Aging of America” is probably one of the biggest social issues in the country today and will grow as time progresses.
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[63] Its rapid transformation into a wealthy and industrialized economy in this short time was termed the Miracle on the Han River. This growth surge was achieved through manufacturing oriented exports and a highly educated workforce.[64] .As of 2009, South Korea is the world's eighth largest exporter.^ Not only is Europe the World's largest exporter they also are the world's largest Investors along with Japan.
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^ The second largest after Japan and the largest exporter in the world, they are not poor!
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.A member of the OECD, South Korea is classified as a high-income economy by the World Bank, an advanced economy by the IMF and CIA[66][67] and a developed market by the FTSE Group.^ America's banking system was imminent, would bring down the global monetary system, pushing world's economies into a "Great Depression II." Congress surrendered.
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^ "With the development of toxic (derivative and subprime lending) financial products, the relationship between investment banks and the economy has turned parasitic."
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^ Corruption - The World Bank and the IMF Organizations that are supposed to help in the fight against poverty are actually making it worse, namely the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund(IMF).
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.It has a very high HDI, measuring particularly high in the Education Index, where it is ranked first in Asia and seventh worldwide.^ Early Education in America has grown very much in popularity since the idea was first brought up.
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.South Korea is currently ranked as the most innovative country in the world among major economies in the Global Innovation Index.^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ If we want to see a better global economy we need to raise the standards of all countries, not only ours.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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.South Korea is the current chair of the G-20 major economies and will be the first country in Asia to host the G-20 summit when it does so in Seoul in November 2010. It is one of the 24 selected (including the European Commission) OECD members in the Development Assistance Committee, a group of the world's major donor countries contributing to development aid and poverty reduction in developing countries.^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ One of the first countries to develop a school-like atmosphere was Islam.
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^ In European countries like France and Germany, the federal government regulates the public school system with aid from local governments as well.
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It is also a founding member of APEC, ASEAN Plus Three and EAS.
The South Korean economy is led by large conglomerates known as chaebol. These include global multinational brands such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai-Kia.
.The 10 largest South Korean companies by market value in 2009 were Samsung Electronics, POSCO, Hyundai Motor, KB Financial Group, Korea Electric Power, Samsung Life Insurance, Shinhan Financial Group, LG Electronics, Hyundai Mobis, LG Chem.^ More often it is European or Japanese Companies which have the largest market share in the world.
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^ In university, again, I and a group of my close friends had a case presentation about some company and some situation in markets, and in the end we had questions from the audience.
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^ Despite free market/anti-big-government rhetoric, real-life Washington has tacitly acknowledged the degree to which our national economy has become dependent on the financial sector (finance, insurance and real estate - or FIRE).
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.As the largest of the Four Asian Tigers, the South Korean economy is the fourth largest in Asia and 13th largest in the world.^ Europe and Central Asia: Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most European and Central Asian countries have experienced steady growth in their economies.
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^ South Asia has the second highest number of people living with AIDS in the world.
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^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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In 2009, South Korea surpassed the United Kingdom, Russia and Canada to become the world's eighth largest exporter.[65] .South Korea is a major trading partner of the world's largest economies - it is the third largest trading partner of China and Japan,[71][72] the seventh largest trading partner of the United States[73] and the eighth largest trading partner of the European Union.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Not only is Europe the World's largest exporter they also are the world's largest Investors along with Japan.
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^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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South Korea is the world's largest shipbuilder,[75][76] and the fifth largest automobile maker in the world.[77] .It is Asia's largest exporter of oil products,[78] and dominant in the global construction industry, in which South Korea's Samsung C&T built Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.^ Not only is Europe the World's largest exporter they also are the world's largest Investors along with Japan.
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^ When we are talking about petroeuro or petrodollar we are in essence talking about who is leading the world, its oil that fuels the economy, its fiat currency backed up by oil that allows global dominance in economy, politics and military.
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^ Factories and industries demand more oil in order to increase production.
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[79] .The country's industrial powerhouse, Ulsan, has a GDP per capita of $63,817 and would be the world's third wealthiest economy if ranked.^ Because of its inevitable effect on the cost of production, any industry or country adopting social reform would find itself at a disadvantage vis-à-vis its competitors.
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^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ Third world countries struggle largely with the alarmingly low literacy rates in comparison to us.
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[80] .It is home to the world's largest automobile assembly plant operated by Hyundai Motor,[81] the world's largest shipyard operated by Hyundai Heavy Industries[82] and the world's largest oil refinery owned by SK Energy.^ America is one of the most modernized and industrialized nations in the world and relies so heavily on fossil fuels and power plants.
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^ Ever since the industrial revolution, the world’s demand for oil has increased.
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^ What will they say, the large number of working class people who own large suburban homes, with multiple large, V-8 powered automobiles parked out front .
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Its capital, Seoul, is consistently placed among the world's top ten financial and commercial cities[84][85] and was named the world's sixth most economically powerful city by Forbes[84] with a GDP per capita of $32,171 in 2008.[86][87][88][2]
.South Korea is pursuing a large number of multi-billion dollar developments, most notably the Digital Media City in Seoul, Centum City in Busan and Songdo International City in Incheon.^ Carolina Taxpayers ponied up almost 1 billion dollars to lure the Assembly plant with most of the parts still shipped in from Germany!
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^ It is worth hundreds of Billions of dollars and is growing at double digit rates, just because the US is behind does not mean it is not happening in many countries and it is!
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^ In the past several years, international firms, the majority from the U.S. and England, have purchased nearly $25 billion in apartments owned by German cities.
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The 133-floor supertall Digital Media City Landmark Building is slated to become the world's second tallest building in 2015, housing the world's tallest observatory and hotels, while the 151-floor supertall 151 Incheon Tower will become the world's tallest twin towers in 2014. Centum City is home to the world's largest department store, the Shinsegae Centum City, which set a new Guinness World Record in 2009.[89]

High-tech industries

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South Korea's Samsung Electronics is the world's largest electronics and technology company[90] and Samsung Group is the world's largest conglomerate.
^ The reason why Intel is still the world largest microchip company is that it has a lead in material technology and it wont risk that for few dollars.
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^ Afghanistan is the world’s largest opium producer and about 80-90% of the heroin consumed in Europe comes from Afghanistan.
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^ More often it is European or Japanese Companies which have the largest market share in the world.
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[91]
LG Crystal's transparent keypad developed by South Korea's LG, the world's third largest cellphone maker.[92]
.South Korea is ranked first in the world in the Digital Opportunity Index, and first among major economies in the Global Innovation Index.^ In some places in the world, illicit drugs are a country's major economy.
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^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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^ America's banking system was imminent, would bring down the global monetary system, pushing world's economies into a "Great Depression II." Congress surrendered.
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.The Digital Media City in Seoul is the first high-tech complex in the world for digital technologies and a test-bed for new futuristic concepts such as ubiquitous computing.^ How come just about all the new, revolutionary tech companies of the internet revolution popped up first in the U.S.?
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^ The new growing population differs vastly from decades ago, when the elderly population was not in such high concentration.
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South Korea has a high-tech infrastructure and is the most wired country in the world,[93] with the world's highest broadband internet access per capita,[94][95] and the fastest average Internet connections with a nationwide 100Mbps fibre-optic network that is currently being upgraded to 1Gbps by 2012.[96]
.In consumer electronics, South Korea is the world's largest LCD, OLED, CRT and plasma display maker.^ Afghanistan is the world’s largest opium producer and about 80-90% of the heroin consumed in Europe comes from Afghanistan.
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^ What’s shocking is that out of all the countries in the world, the United States is the largest consumer of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and is increasingly using methamphetamine.
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[97] The South Korean companies Samsung and LG are among the top three manufacturers of televisions[98] and mobile phones.[99] .Samsung is currently the world's most valued consumer electronics brand.^ Marijuana is the most widely produced, trafficked, and consumed illicit drug in the world.
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^ Drugs affect all sectors of society in all countries; in particular, drug abuse affects the freedom and development of young people, the world’s most valuable asset.
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^ Currently, we are already at risk of losing our position as the world’s most powerful nation.
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.South Korea is one of the world's leading technology innovators, having the third largest number of patents in force worldwide, after Japan and the United States.^ The US is the world's number one consumer.
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^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ Having petroeuro is one of the vital interests of EU and Eurozone and that was grossly violated by the US and UK lead war.
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[101] .It has the world's highest patent filings per GDP and the highest patent filings per R&D expenditure, as well as the second highest patent filings per million population.^ And the Mercer Survey said Germany has the Second Highest wages/benfits in the world after Switzerland.
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^ P.S. For an interesting fact sheet on the elderly population of the world both now and projected to be in 2050, check out this document: Download file (5) 2.
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^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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Among developed countries, it has the fastest patent filing growth at over 14.8% in 2007.[102]
The government is also investing in the robotics industry.[103][104] .There are also plans to develop other sectors, including financial services, biotechnology and aerospace industries.^ Even though primary education in Eastern Europe is not as developed as other industrialized nations, the literacy rate in Russia is 100% for males and 97% for females.
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^ Innovation in the financial industry has had a negative effect on productivity because it sucks available investment money from socially productive, job creating sectors of the economy such as manufacturing.
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^ There are other industries which would destroy the nation before accepting regulations that deserve the same scrutiny.
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.South Korea was the first country to start Digital Multimedia Broadcasting in 2005,[105] which has now rolled out nation-wide.^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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^ Although I do agree that nations must first stabilize their educational system, they also have to realize that they can gain just as much by helping a less fortunate country educate its citizens.
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^ European countries main form of currency is the Euro, so to compare that to U.S. dollars we must first find the strength of the Euro to the Dollar; it turns out that one Euro is worth about $1.27(2).
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.South Korea's telecom industry developed WiBro, a high-speed mobile broadband internet service, which was launched for the first time in the world in 2006. South Korea also possesses an advanced 3G HSDPA coverage extending to even mountains and underground subway lines.^ Even though primary education in Eastern Europe is not as developed as other industrialized nations, the literacy rate in Russia is 100% for males and 97% for females.
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^ I would have High Speed Internet if living in a tent?
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^ Anyway the USA is ranked 18th in BroadBand Internet Penetration in the world!
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Transportation and energy

Incheon International Airport, rated the best airport worldwide consecutively since 2005 by Airports Council International.[107]
Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul is the world's longest bridge fountain.[108]
South Korea has a technologically advanced transportation network consisting of high-speed railways, highways, bus routes, ferry services, and air routes that criss-cross the country. Korea Expressway Corporation operates the toll highways and service amenities en route.
.Korail provides frequent train service to all major South Korean cities.^ Since then, South Africa has made strides in providing equal education to all races of children.
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^ However, there are two major service categories that should attract the attention of citizens all over the world.
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^ Police, shelters, and service providers should all work together to help homeless populations as best as possible.
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Two rail lines, Gyeongui and Donghae Bukbu Line, to North Korea are now being reconnected. .The Korean high-speed rail system, KTX, provides high-speed service along Gyeongbu and Honam Line.^ When you consider that the system provides front line services free of charge to more than 60 million people, I would say that on balance, they do a damned good job.
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Major cities—including Seoul,[109] Busan, Incheon, Daegu, Daejeon and Gwangju—have subway systems. Metropolitan Cities (gwangyeoksi, self-governing cities that are not incorporated into any province) have express bus terminals.
.Construction of South Korea's largest airport, Incheon International Airport, was completed in 2001. By 2007, the airport was serving 30 million passengers a year.^ Let's say they made 10, 20 30 million a year over the decade in question, which was taxed at 80%.
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^ The US has lost 1.5 million jobs this year and from 2000 to 2007 the USA gained about 4 million jobs before the downturn so that is a net increase of 2.5 million jobs mostly in Government Positions and Healthcare- That's it!
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[110] .The airport has been selected as the "Best Airport Worldwide" for four consecutive years since 2005 by Airports Council International.^ This way they profited from selling spare parts and new replacement cars since cars had a life span of no more than four or five years.
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[107] Other international airports include Gimpo, Busan and Jeju. There are also seven domestic airports, and a large number of heliports.[111]
.Korean Air, founded in 1962, served 21,640,000 passengers, including 12,490,000 international passengers in 2008.[112] A second carrier, Asiana Airlines, established in 1988, also serves domestic and international traffic.^ The states can establish quality criteria for early childhood education, including voluntary guidelines on pre-reading and language skills activities that align with State K-12 standards.
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^ At 1:47pm on 21 Nov 2008 , WebAliceinwonderland wrote: Mavrelius ha ha, pleased that "Russian KGB" carried his TV up to the 1st floor.
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Combined, South Korean airlines currently serve 297 international routes.[113] .Smaller airliners, such as Jeju Air, provide domestic service with lower fares.^ African countries should provide the needy families with services such as free education, access to free health care, food, and water.
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^ It also tells service providers if they need to update certain services such as rent assistance and child-care programs to meet current needs.
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.South Korea is the world's sixth largest nuclear power producer and the second-largest in Asia.^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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^ The issue is that Italy is investing in other European countries for them to produce their nuclear power.
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^ The second largest after Japan and the largest exporter in the world, they are not poor!
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[114] .Nuclear power in South Korea supplies 45% of electricity production and research is very active with investigation into a variety of advanced reactors, including a small modular reactor, a liquid-metal fast/transmutation reactor and a high-temperature hydrogen generation design.^ With much to take into consideration within the next generation, one thing is clear, we need an efficient energy source and an answer to high gas prices.
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^ German workers earn more but they also produce more(productivity is extremly high) and german products have a very good reputation too.
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^ The other thing about moving manufacturing is that it adds to communication costs and those cost can be very high if research and development benefit highly on having manufacturing located near it.
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.Fuel production and waste handling technologies have also been developed locally.^ If we keep the prices as is and when technology improves, we will have extra needed money to invest into researching and developing other fuels for our country.
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It is also a member of the ITER project.

Science and technology

Yi So-yeon, South Korea's first astronaut in space.[115]

Aerospace research

South Korea has launched two satellites, Arirang-1 in 1999 and Arirang-2 in 2006, as part of its space partnership with Russia.[116]
Naro Space Center, the first spaceport of South Korea, was completed in 2008 at Goheung, Jeollanam-do. The Korea Space Launch Vehicle was launched from Naro in 2009 but failed.[117]
In April 2008, Yi So-yeon became the first Korean to fly in space, aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-12.
Albert HUBO, developed by KAIST, can make expressive gestures with its 5 separate fingers.

Robotics

.Robotics has been included in the list of main national R&D projects in Korea since 2003.[118] In 2009, the government announced plans to build robot-themed parks in Incheon and Masan with a mix of public and private funding.^ Public housing is not only created and funded by national governments.
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^ Also, the United Nations is encouraging governments to build schools closer to housing.
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^ Charity can help to fund projects and activities to help underprivileged nations improve their educational systems.
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[119]
.In 2005, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed the world's second walking humanoid robot, HUBO.^ If more steps like these countries can be started and developed, a worldwide evolution of technology advancement can be initiated and perpetuated in the world of oil and oil alternatives.
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.A team in the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology developed the first Korean android, EveR-1 in May 2006. EveR-1 has been succeeded by more complex models with improved movement and vision.^ This can be done by instituting more recreational activities for kids, as well improving the public school environment.
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^ Less education will lead to more poverty and less development which will kill of many industries and impoverish many people in many countries.
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^ As new technology develops more rapidly in order to bring alternatives to the market, an array of options is becoming available to the consumer.
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Next models are scheduled to be completed by 2010.

Biotechnology

.Since the 1980s, the Korean government has actively invested in the development of a domestic biotechnology industry, and the sector is projected to grow to $6.5 billion by 2010.[120] The medical sector accounts for a large part of the production, including production of hepatitis vaccines and antibiotics.^ Innovation in the financial industry has had a negative effect on productivity because it sucks available investment money from socially productive, job creating sectors of the economy such as manufacturing.
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^ Even though they may be largely motivated to deflect attention from the military-industrial-congressional complex their critique of the financial sector likely has merit.
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^ Even if the banking industry hadn't crashed, some other sector of the corrupt business/government criminal enterprise would have.
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Recently, research and development in genetics and cloning has received increasing attention, with the first successful cloning of a dog, Snuppy, and the cloning of two females of an endangered species of wolves by the Seoul National University in 2007.[121]
The rapid growth of the industry has resulted in significant voids in regulation of ethics, as was highlighted by the scientific misconduct case involving Hwang Woo-Suk.[122]

Education

.Education in South Korea is regarded as being crucial to one's success, and competition is consequently very heated and fierce.^ Educating the teachers on what to do and how to do it would greatly improve the quality of education being offered at all schools, not just the public ones.
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^ One very successful program has been helping preschool children since 1965.
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^ Low income countries, much like the ones in Africa, struggle mostly with being able to educate teachers to teach.
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.In the 2006 results of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, South Korea came first in problem solving, third in mathematics and eleventh in science.^ Switzerland came in first place with the highest wages and benefit packages on average,Germany was Second and Hongkong was third.
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[123] .South Korea's education system is technologically advanced and it is the world's first country to bring high-speed fibre-optic broadband internet access to every primary and secondary school nation-wide.^ The importance of education widely varies in other world countries.
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^ Asia Society has two primary education objectives: one focuses on teaching and learning about Asia; and the other on expanding our nation's investments in international studies at the elementary and secondary school levels.” It’s interesting to see what other countries focus on, such as Asia who devotes part of their education system to knowing where they come from and their history.
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^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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Using this infrastructure, the country has developed the first Digital Textbooks in the world, which will be distributed for free to every primary and secondary schools nation-wide by 2013.[124]
.A centralised administration in South Korea oversees the process for the education of children from kindergarten to the third and final year of high school.^ Last but not the end of the road when it comes to education is high school.
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^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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^ The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have partnered together to hold schools accountable to high standards.
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.South Korea has adopted a new educational program to increase the number of their foreign students through the year 2010. According to Ministry of Education, Science and Technology estimate, by that time, the number of scholarships for foreign students in South Korea will be doubled, and the number of foreign students will reach 100,000.[125] The school year is divided into two semesters, the first of which begins in the beginning of March and ends in mid-July, the second of which begins in late August and ends in mid-February.The schedules are not uniformly standardized and vary from school to school.^ Through the ICT Trust Fund, which is through a partnership “between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT)”, many countries are receiving computers for the very first time.
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^ Leaders of Afghanistan must put in place a consensus government to create a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan, which can include an education ministry that will implement a set of plans to revive the education program.
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^ Last but not the end of the road when it comes to education is high school.
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Demographics

.South Korea is noted for its population density, which at 487 per square kilometer is more than 10 times the global average.^ More than seventy percent of the minimum wage work force are adults, many of whom rely on a full-time minimum wage job to support their families.
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^ Rather than creating a minimum wage in hopes of improving the conditions of the poor, a more preferable solution would be to make that minimum wage a global living wage.
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^ Sometime more pension than the average worker gets after 45 years....
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.Most South Koreans live in urban areas, due to rapid migration from the countryside during the country's quick economic expansion in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.^ Afghanistan: Problem : war and isolation of the country continue Solution : Due to internal strife, the country has been isolated from the outside world and trying to endure the economic hardships and lack of resources.
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^ Britain was economically unparalleled by every other country, due to not only its material resources, but also its extensive energy.
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^ Does living in a country with the largest land area make you feel important, safe, part of something enormous?
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[126] .The capital city of Seoul is also the country's largest city and chief industrial center.^ In these days for country to develop and industrialize its not needed to have domestic capital when foreign capital is available.
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.According to 2005 census, Seoul had a population of 9.8 million inhabitants.^ It says, “About 35 million Americans lived in poverty in 2002, which is 1.7 million more people than in 2001, according to census data.
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^ According to the U.S. Census figures released in 2004, a total of 37 million Americans are affected by poverty.
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^ According to the US Census bureau, every month the world's population of persons age 65 and older grows by 800,000 individuals.
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.The Seoul National Capital Area has 24.5 million inhabitants making it the world's second largest metropolitan area.^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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^ People experience problems with drug abuse in all areas of the world, making the issue important on a global level.
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^ The fact is that almost 35.9 million people live below the poverty line in America, remembering that America is still one of the richest nations in the world.
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.Other major cities include Busan (3.5 million), Incheon (2.5 million), Daegu (2.5 million), Daejeon (1.4 million), Gwangju (1.4 million) and Ulsan (1 million).^ This is a major issue in Cairo, Egypt – an astounding 16 million people reside in the city, and there is not enough land to house all of them.
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^ Evidence of this was illustrated last summer by the riots in Paris and in other major cities in France by discontented, unemployed Muslims.
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The population has also been shaped by international migration. .Following the division of the Korean Peninsula after World War II, about four million people from North Korea crossed the border to South Korea.^ In 2000-2001, an estimated 15 million people had abused opium and heroin in the world.
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^ As seen in Maria Full of Grace, a film about Mexicans crossing the border with drugs inside of them, everything from the production to the movement of drugs is dangerous and un-needed.
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^ Cocaine View full image The same report lists cocaine as the second most common problem drug in the world and the main problem drug in the Americas and the reports that around 14 million people are effected by cocaine consumption with about 9 million in the Americas and 3.7 million in Western Europe(2).
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.This trend of net entry reversed over the next forty years due to emigration, especially to the United States and Canada.^ In many countries like the United States and Canada, the funding for primary education is a key factor in the federal budget.
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^ While the rate has increased in recent years, the overall trend for poverty in the United States is declining.
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^ Unlike children in the United States or even Canada, children in parts of the world like East Europe and Asia are often forced to live in destructive and damaging situations.
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.South Korea’s total population in 1960 was 25 million.^ However, between 1960 and 1980, the total population of the United States increased around 19% while the population of those aged 65 and older increased by about 35%.
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^ U.S. Population 1950 1960 1970 Total population 151,000,000 179,000,000 203,000,000 Population age 65+ 12,300,000 16,500,000 20,000,000 Age 65+ / total population 8.1% 9.2% 9.8%v .
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^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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[128] The current population of South Korea is roughly 49,540,000.[129]
South Korea is a homogeneous society with an absolute majority of the population of Korean ethnicity.[130] Although small, the percentage of non-Koreans has been increasing.[131] .As of 2009, South Korea had 1,106,884 foreign residents, more than double the 2006 total.^ For example, the enrollment rate in South Asia in 1990 was 66%.¹ That's right a 66% enrollment rate, meaning that more than one-third of the kids in South Asia were not in school.
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^ After statistics were taken and more information was collected, this organization published “Education Policies for Students at Risk and those with Disabilities in South Eastern Europe” in March of 2006.
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^ The prosecution had asked for sentences totalling more than 109 years but the sum was 35 years and seven months.
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.Migrants from the People's Republic of China (PRC) make up 56.5% of the total; however, many of them are Joseonjok, PRC citizens of Korean ethnicity.^ However, according to the same article I talked about before, many of the rich countries have not lived up to their promises.
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^ Yes, Social Security is adjusted for the cost of living, but many elderly people rely on their savings because Social Security isn’t enough to live off of, and of course one’s savings are influenced by inflation; thus, we must make up the difference.
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^ Currently there are many child care facilities that just make up their own standards.
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[132] The roughly 33,000 Mongolian immigrants are believed to be the largest community of Mongolian citizens residing abroad.[133][134] .Another notable group is women from Southeast Asia who comprised 41% of new marriages with Korean farmers in 2006.[135] There are also 31,000 US military personnel.^ Another group that is often overlooked is the group of young girls who are pushed aside for the better education of their male counterparts.
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[136] .In addition, about 43,000 English teachers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa temporarily reside in Korea.^ In addition to kindergarten and teacher-training, some minor changes also came about around this time.
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^ The United States has seen a rise in gas prices, that has affected everyone from the poor to the rich and many residents think it is outrageous.
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^ Does that say something about the mentality of the British and Germans being very similar and that our lives are somehow the less for being residents of Germany and the United Kingdom?
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South Korea's birthrate is the world's lowest.[138] .If this continues, its population is expected to decrease by 13 percent to 42.3 million in 2050,[139] South Korea's annual birthrate is approximately 9 births per 1000 people.^ Aging populations generally occur when the birth rate decreases and the death rate does also: old people live longer with less and less young people to support them into retirement.
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^ I like the South of Belgium since it's pretty calm and relaxed as there are only 10 million people in the whole country.
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^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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[140] .The average life expectancy in 2008 was 79.10 years,[141] which is 40th in the world.^ American Life expectancy is ranked 45th in th world!
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^ At 10:58pm on 15 Nov 2008 , tomricc wrote: The US has an 800 billion dollar a year current account deficit!
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^ Within the past hundred years, life expectancy in America has risen from 46 years to 76 years.
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Cities of South Korea

.The figure below lists the twenty largest cities within administrative city limits; the figures below only include long-term residents.^ But what if inflation runs at 10% and both short term AND long term Treasuries only yield 5%?
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^ Medicaid covers a lot of costs incurred with long term care and other health and elder related costs, but only those who are extremely poor can qualify.
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^ One of the great unspoken truths of this decade is that the wall street financial looting represents the single largest threat to the long term security of the Unites States.
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Largest cities of South Korea

Cities Provincial level divisions Population Cities Provincial level divisions Population
1 Seoul Seoul 10,456,034   11 Bucheon Gyeonggi-do 854,348
2 Busan Busan 3,596,076   12 Yongin Gyeonggi-do 677,665
3 Incheon Incheon 2,741,217   13 Ansan Gyeonggi-do 670,884
4 Daegu Daegu 2,512,601   14 Cheongju Chungcheongbuk-do 628,150
5 Daejeon Daejeon 1,494,951   15 Anyang Gyeonggi-do 625,426
6 Gwangju Gwangju 1,434,625   16 Jeonju Jeollabuk-do 623,060
7 Ulsan Ulsan 1,126,879   17 Pohang Gyeongsangbuk-do 508,051
8 Suwon Gyeonggi-do 1,090,678   18 Cheonan Chungcheongnam-do 506,788
9 Seongnam Gyeonggi-do 958,349   19 Changwon Gyeongsangnam-do 504,118
10 Goyang Gyeonggi-do 950,750   20 Gimhae Gyeongsangnam-do 436,640

Religion

South Korea religiosity
religion percent
No religion
  
46.5%
Buddhism
  
22.8%
Protestantism
  
18.3%
Roman Catholic Church
  
10.9%
Other religions
  
0.7%
Won Buddhism
  
0.3%
Confucianism
  
0.2%
Cheondoism
  
0.1%
Islam
  
0.1%
.As of 2005, just under half of the South Korean population expressed no religious preference.^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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[143] .Of the rest, most are Christian or Buddhist; according to the 2005 census, 29.2% of the population at that time was Christian (18.3% professed to being Protestants and 10.9% Catholics), and 22.8% were Buddhist.^ According to surveys given out by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development(CCHD), most people said they believed at the most five million people were affected by poverty.
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^ Whereas statistics say that most Christian nations kind of like winter holiday times, with one country exception of course, no mystery which.
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^ According to the US Census bureau, every month the world's population of persons age 65 and older grows by 800,000 individuals.
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[144][145] Other religions include Islam and various new religious movements such as Jeungism, Daesunism, Cheondoism and Wonbuddhism. The earliest religion practiced was Korean shamanism..January 2010" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Today, freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, and there is no state religion.^ Banda stated, “one party, one government, one leader, and no nonsense about it.” While Banda was in power, he maintained close relations to former colonizers and the white government of South Africa.
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[146]
.Christianity is South Korea's largest religion, accounting for more than half of all South Korean religious adherents.^ For example, the enrollment rate in South Asia in 1990 was 66%.¹ That's right a 66% enrollment rate, meaning that more than one-third of the kids in South Asia were not in school.
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^ The average is approximately $8,041 dollars, however more than half, 27 states, spend below the average.
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^ Germany manufactures and exports more than all the other EU countries put together, so they should be concerned if things are not going right.
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.There are approximately 15 million Christians[147] in South Korea today, with more than two-thirds of Christians belonging to the Protestant group, while about 15% belong to the Catholic group.^ There are millions more around the world.
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^ There are more federally funded programs than ever for young children coming for low-income households.
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^ More than 314 million Africans live on less than $1 a day—nearly twice as many as in 1981.
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The largest Christian church in South Korea, Yoido Full Gospel Church, is located in Seoul. Roman Catholicism has been the fastest growing denomination in South Korea since the late 1980s.[148] South Korea is also the second-largest missionary-sending nation.[149]
.Buddhism was introduced to Korea in the year 372.[150] According to the national census as of 2005, South Korea has over 10.7 million Buddhists.^ According to a 2000 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy, 10% of the 28.4 million foreign-born people were under the age of 18.
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^ It says, “About 35 million Americans lived in poverty in 2002, which is 1.7 million more people than in 2001, according to census data.
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^ According to a 1996 United Nations report, 500 million people were homeless or residing in low-quality housing and unsanitary conditions in 1995.
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[147][151] Today, about 90% of Korean Buddhists belong to Jogye Order. Most of the National Treasures of South Korea are Buddhist artifacts. Along with Neo-Confucianism, Buddhism was also a state religion during the periods from Three Kingdoms of Korea to Goryeo before suppression under the Joseon Dynasty.[152]
.Islam in South Korea has an estimated less than 30,000 native followers, in addition to some 100,000 resident foreign workers from Muslim countries,[153] particularly Bangladesh and Pakistan.^ This tax credit applies only to workers who recieve less money than they need to survive.
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^ Instead of 0.7%, the amount of aid has been around 0.2 to 0.4%, some $100 billion short.” One can see from the charts (below) for 2005 that the U.S.’s dollar amount spent on ODA is significantly higher than all other countries.
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^ Although this seems like a large increase, workers in China recieved far less payment than Europeans performing similar jobs.
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Culture

.South Korea shares its traditional culture with North Korea, but the two Koreas have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since the peninsula was divided in 1945. Historically, while the culture of Korea has been heavily influenced by that of neighbouring China, it has nevertheless managed to develop a unique and distinct cultural identity from its larger neighbour.^ Many cultures, such as Asian cultures and South American ones, kept it in their tradition to take care of elderly in their own homes.
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^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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[155] .The South Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism actively encourages the traditional arts, as well as modern forms, through funding and education programs.^ Leaders of Afghanistan must put in place a consensus government to create a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan, which can include an education ministry that will implement a set of plans to revive the education program.
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^ In France, nearly 100% of 3 and 4 year olds attend a government funded early education program (1).
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^ For example, the more powerful countries should sacrifice some military and defense funds to improve the educational systems of their nation as well as the other poorer countries around it.
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.The industrialization and urbanization of South Korea have brought many changes to the way Korean people live.^ Thank goodness we live in a country that still needs people for the vice industry.
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^ People living on streets are extremely vulnerable to changes in weather and in some places, can actually freeze to death.
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^ Not being able to read and write leads to unemployment, which is another reason that many people live in poverty.
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.Changing economics and lifestyles have led to a concentration of population in major cities, especially the capital Seoul, with multi-generational households separating into nuclear family living arrangements.^ Aging populations generally occur when the birth rate decreases and the death rate does also: old people live longer with less and less young people to support them into retirement.
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^ Many poor families moved away from the countryside and into cities to earn a living.
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^ Australian public housing are dependent upon the government for benefits and the majority of people who live in the public housing are from very low income families.
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There are nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea.
The cheongja Unhak Sanggam Mun Maebyeong from the Goryeo Dynasty.

Art

Korean art has been highly influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism. .Korean pottery and porcelain like baekja and buncheong are well known throughout the world.^ Germany by the way is the world leader in renewable energy, well known fact.
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Also Korean tea ceremony, pansori, talchum and buchaechum are popular Korean performing arts. Hanbok is the traditional Korean dress. Nowadays, people wear it during traditional festivals and celebrations. It has many germants like dopo (clothing), durumagi and jeogori, so it is worn as semi-formal or formal wear.

Architecture

Modern skyline of Seoul and the Deoksugung palace.
.Pre-modern Korean architecture may be divided into two main styles: those used in palace and temple structures, and those used in the houses of common people, which consists of local variations.^ OK will look for those Buddenbrooks, may be in the house some place.
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^ Despite varied approaches to public housing around the world, most housing programs share some common problems.
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^ The Press: In Britain this tends to falls (according to those who are supposed to understand these things) into two categories - 'popular and quality'.
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Korean's ancient architects adopted the bracket system and is characterized by thatched roofs and heated floors called ondol. .People of the upper classes built bigger houses with tiled roofs.^ Currently, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 200,000 houses and sheltered more than 1,000,000 people in places all over the world, including all fifty states.
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The roofs were elegantly curved and accentuated with slightly uplifting eaves. .There still are many sites like Hahoe Folk Village, Yangdong Village of Gyeongju and Korean Folk Village where the traditional Korean architecture is preserved.^ This action would affect rich countries because there are still many countries that have not had their national debt removed.
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^ Enrollment in school has steadily gone up, but there are still too many kids that are not in school.
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^ This only takes into account one country and there are still hundreds of countries out there where AIDS is ravaging villages and communities.
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Cuisine

Sujeonggwa, a traditional Korean fruit punch, garnished with pine nuts
Bulgogi, a Korean barbecue dish made of either beef or pork
Korean cuisine, hanguk yori (한국요리, 韓國料理), or hansik (한식, 韓食), has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Ingredients and dishes vary by province. .There are many significant regional dishes that have proliferated in different variations across the country in the present day.^ But you'll say there are cheaper areas to buy and yes there is but the same goes for Germany or many countries .
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^ The avian flu is a major threat to many poultry farmers, yet the illness has not had a significant effect on the countries’ overall economies.
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^ In Europe there is a poverty line, like in America, and many countries do not pay employees enough to meet that poverty line.
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The Korean royal court cuisine once brought all of the unique regional specialties together for the royal family. Meals consumed both by the royal family and ordinary Korean citizens have been regulated by a unique culture of etiquette.
Korean cuisine is largely based on rice, noodles, tofu, vegetables, fish and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes, banchan (반찬), which accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. Every meal is accompanied by numerous banchan. Kimchi, a fermented, usually spicy vegetable dish is commonly served at every meal and is one of the best known Korean dishes. Korean cuisine usually involves heavy seasoning with sesame oil, doenjang (된장), a type of fermented soybean paste, soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, and gochujang (고추장), a hot pepper paste.
Soups are also a common part of a Korean meal and are served as part of the main course rather than at the beginning or the end of the meal. Soups known as guk (국) are often made with meats, shellfish and vegetables. Similar to guk, tang (탕) has less water, and is more often served in restaurants. Another type is jjigae (찌개), a stew that is typically heavily seasoned with chili pepper and served boiling hot.

Contemporary Music and Film/TV

.In addition to domestic consumption, South Korean mainstream culture, including televised drama, films, and popular music, also generates significant exports to various parts of the world.^ Television is much more powerful, partly because it is more popular but also more varied.
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.This phenomenon, often called "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave", has swept many countries in Asia and other parts of the world.^ You are talking lot about move of manufacturing to China and other parts of Asia and how you see this as avoidable and beneficial to western societies.
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^ In many countries, teachers are often overlooked and overworked.
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^ The fact that many in the U.K. and other countries would like to see a vibrant, strong E.U. based on freetrade and movement of people does not make them wrong.
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Until the 1990s, trot and ballads dominated Korean popular music. .The emergence of the rap group Seo Taiji and Boys in 1992 marked a turning point for Korean popular music, also known as K-Pop, as the group incorporated elements of popular musical genres of rap, rock, and techno into its music.^ At the turn of the century, when the automobile was becoming popular gasoline suddenly went into high demand.
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Hip hop, dance and ballad oriented acts have become dominant in the Korean popular music scene, though trot is still popular among older Koreans. Many K-Pop stars and groups are also well known abroad, especially in Asia.
Since the success of the film Shiri in 1999, Korean film has begun to gain recognition internationally. .Domestic film has a dominant share of the market, partly due to the existence of screen quotas requiring cinemas to show Korean films at least 73 days a year.^ The OPEC minister of Saudi Arabia claimed that the price had increased drastically and rapidly earlier this year due to speculation in the oil market, not inadequate supply.
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Korean television shows, especially the short form dramatic mini-series called "dramas", have also become popular outside of Korea, becoming another driving trend for the Korean Wave in Asia and elsewhere. The trend has generated internationally known Korean stars and has boosted the image of Korean popular culture. The dramas are popular mostly in Asia. .The stories have a wide range, but the most prominent among the export dramas have been romance dramas, such as Winter Sonata, Autumn Fairy Tale, Full House (2004 TV series), All About Eve, and historical/fantasy dramas, such as Dae Jang Geum, The Legend and Goong.^ Of all the drugs used throughout the nation, Marijuana is the most prominent.
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^ All this talk about Britain being in the American's pocket is not only exaggerated but it is also a red herring distracting attention from serious questions.
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^ One did melt down, risking a kiss (a fairy-tale), therefore the Sniegurochka story.
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Technology culture

PC bangs are popular LAN gaming centers in South Korea.
Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) on a mobile phone
.South Korean corporations Samsung and LG are the second- and third-largest mobile phone companies in the world, respectively.^ The reason why Intel is still the world largest microchip company is that it has a lead in material technology and it wont risk that for few dollars.
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^ Also, Burma is the world’s second largest producer of illicit opium, after India, the world’s largest opium producer.
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^ More often it is European or Japanese Companies which have the largest market share in the world.
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An estimated 90% of South Koreans own a mobile phone. .Aside from placing/receiving calls and text messaging, mobile phones in the country are widely used for watching Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) or viewing websites.^ Today, nuclear energy is widely used in developed countries, and is the source of 20% of the United States’ electrical energy.
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^ And of course if a girl is very late, ten minutes or more, by calling her or her calling me I can do something else, in example go to a cafe or look new mobile phones.
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^ The rise of cheaper and more available amphetamines took the place of cocaine which was no longer widely used.
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.Over one million DMB phones have been sold and the three major wireless communications providers SK Telecom, KT, and LG Telecom provide coverage in all major cities and other areas.^ Another statistic provided by the Global Campaign for Education states that there are 100 million children out there who do not go to school at all.
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^ Although there are 100 million children worldwide that aren’t educated, money is still being spent in other areas.
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^ It provides low-interest loans and interest free credit to many developing countries, in order to help them improve their health, education, infrastructure, communication, and many other needs.
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.In recent years online games have become a significant part of Korean culture.^ The U.S. prides itself in having fifty-four out of the top 200 Universities, and going to those Universities for top jobs has become more of a necessity in recent years.
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^ Although elderly care has always been a constant need in communities worldwide, only in the recent years has it really become an issue.
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.StarCraft, the real-time strategy game, is by far the most popular televised game in South Korea.^ Currently, America is, by far, the country in which special education is the most popular and has made the biggest impact on children with special needs.
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^ New South Wales is Australia’s most popular state and is also one of the states that has the most public housing developments.
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^ At 06:27am on 13 Dec 2008 , politejomsviking wrote: WebAlice, in the South the Labradour retriever is one of the most popular dogs there is.
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.Game tournaments, recorded in places like the COEX Mall are often broadcast live on TV stations such as MBCGame and Ongamenet.^ Unlike children in the United States or even Canada, children in parts of the world like East Europe and Asia are often forced to live in destructive and damaging situations.
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Professional StarCraft players can command considerable salaries in South Korea as members of pro-gaming teams that are sponsored primarily by cell phone providers. PC games are usually played in PC bangs which are basically internet cafes, dedicated to LAN games of popular titles like Kart Rider, Maple Story, World of Warcraft, Mabinogi and Lineage.

Sports

A taekwondo practitioner demonstrating dollyo chagi technique.
The martial art taekwondo originated in Korea. In the 1950s and 60s, modern rules were standardised and taekwondo became an official Olympic sport in 2000. Other Korean martial arts include taekkyeon, hapkido, tang soo do, kuk sool won, kumdo and subak.
.Baseball was first introduced to Korea in 1905 and has since become the most popular spectator sport in South Korea.^ At 06:27am on 13 Dec 2008 , politejomsviking wrote: WebAlice, in the South the Labradour retriever is one of the most popular dogs there is.
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^ New South Wales is Australia’s most popular state and is also one of the states that has the most public housing developments.
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^ Until the 20th century, around 1905, when snorting became the most popular use for cocaine, the infamous stimulant was used for medicinal purposes (e.g.
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[157] .The first South Korean professional sports league was the Korea Baseball Organization, established in 1982. South Korea finished third during the 2006 World Baseball Classic and second during the 2009 World Baseball Classic.^ After statistics were taken and more information was collected, this organization published “Education Policies for Students at Risk and those with Disabilities in South Eastern Europe” in March of 2006.
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^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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^ South Asia has the second highest number of people living with AIDS in the world.
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In the 2008 Summer Olympics, South Korea won the gold medal in baseball.
World Peace Gate at Olympic Park, Seoul
In 1988, South Korea hosted the Summer Olympics in Seoul, coming fourth with 12 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 11 bronze medals. South Korea regularly performs well in archery, shooting, table tennis, badminton, short track speed skating, handball, hockey, freestyle wrestling, baseball, judo, taekwondo, Speed skating, Figure Skating, and weightlifting. South Korea hosted the Asian Games in 1986 (Seoul) and 2002 (Busan), and will host again in 2014 (Incheon). It also hosted the Asian Winter Games in 1999, the Winter Universiade in 1997 and the Summer Universiade in 2003.
.In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, jointly hosted by South Korea and Japan, the national football team became the first team in the Asian Football Confederation to reach the semi-finals.^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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.South Korean athletes have won more medals in the Winter Olympics than those of any other Asian country.^ Poverty has a much larger impact on African Americans and Hispanics than on those who are White or Asian.
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^ The difference again is that France, Germany and other EU countries are more prepared for conventional war than to projecting force outside Europe.
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^ It’s no surprise then, that the United States invests more per student that almost any other country in the world.
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After the 2010 Winter Olympics, South Korea has won a total of 45 medals (23 gold, 14 silver, and 8 bronze). South Korea is especially strong in short track speed skating.
.In 2010, South Korea will host their first Formula One race to be staged at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, about 400 kilometres (250 mi) south of Seoul.^ European countries main form of currency is the Euro, so to compare that to U.S. dollars we must first find the strength of the Euro to the Dollar; it turns out that one Euro is worth about $1.27(2).
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^ When ro-ro snatched at one of his dogs the first thing he shouted not "oh my doggie, what will happen to it", but to me - "Do you have any idea how much this dog is!
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^ The International Child Resource Institute was one of the first organizations to try and connect other programs to a worldwide scale.
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In 2011, the South Korean city of Daegu will host the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
South Korea has three horse racing tracks of which Seoul Race Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do is the biggest.

See also

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    ^ Similar traditions and cultural expectations were found in neighboring Asian countries such as Japan and Korea.
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Asia : East Asia : South Korea
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Quick Facts
Capital Seoul
Government Republic
Currency South Korean won (KRW)
Area total: 98,480 km
land: 98,190 km2
water: 290 km2
Population 49,044,790 (July 2007 est.)
Language Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school
Religion No Affiliation 46%, Christian 26%, Buddhist 26%, Confucianist 1%, Other 1%
Electricity 220V/60Hz(Western Europe plug type)
Calling Code +82
Internet TLD .kr
Time Zone UTC +9
.South Korea (한국, 韓國 Hanguk) [1], formally the Republic of Korea (대한민국, 大韓民國 Daehan Minguk) is a country in East Asia.^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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^ The Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) released a report that highlighted the successes of teaching English to students in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and South Korea, in addition to many other countries.
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^ Economically, most of the government money belonging to countries in Africa and East Asia are spent on the selfish needs of those in power.
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.South Korea occupies the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, with North Korea to the north, China across the sea to the west and Japan a short ferry ride to the southeast.^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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^ South Asia: Southern Asia accounts for half the world’s population in poverty and has 500 million people living on less than $1 per day.
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^ Name the things with North, East, South or West in them .
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Understand

History

Archeological finds of prehistoric toolmaking on the Korean Peninsula date back to 70,000 BC, and the first pottery is found around 8000 BC. Comb-pattern pottery culture peaked around 3500-2000 BC.
.Korea's history begins with the founding of Gojoseon (also called Ancient Chosun) by the legendary Dangun in 2333 BC. Archeological and contemporaneous written records of Gojoseon as a kingdom date back to around 7th-4th century BC. Gojoseon was eventually defeated by the Chinese Han Dynasty and Korea was governed as four commanderies.^ Opium originated in Asia, and the history of heroin dates back to over a hundred years ago, when it was first reported in London, England.
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^ The Chinese pushed literacy realizing the importance of educated officials, and built an imperial examination system during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 BC).
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^ During the 20th century, that continent was ravaged by two of the greatest wars in history, and between those two wars by a cataclysmic event which originated halfway around the world.
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The political chaos following the fall of the Han Dynasty in China allowed native tribes to regain control of Korea and led to the emergence of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, namely Goguryeo, Silla and Baekje. Despite repeated attempts by China, namely the Sui Dynasty and later the Tang Dynasty, to conquer the Korean Peninsula, northern-based Goguryeo managed to repel them. Eventually, Goguryeo fell to a Silla-Tang alliance, which had earlier defeated Baekje. This unified Korea under the Silla dynasty. .Even though Tang later invaded, Silla forces managed to drive them out, thus maintaining Korea's independence.^ Countries that had no modern armed forces nor even an economy both total basket cases invaded for oil and even now 7 years later these lightly armed rebels give so much trouble.
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^ Some 68% of those surveyed also want to see us out of Afghanistan even though it is an entirely different campaign.
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^ Once forced out of their current homes, many of the people said that the locations in which the government put them in were even older and more dilapidated than their original homes.
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.Unified Silla was replaced by the Goryeo (also called Koryo) dynasty, from which the modern name "Korea" derives.^ In Russia the name survived where wends lived condensed; modern Vyatka town; in the middle ages they called themselves "ventichee".
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.One highlight of the Goryeo dynasty was that in 1234 the world's first metal movable type was invented by a Korean named Choe Yun-ui (200 years before Gutenberg's printing press).^ Country and state quizes where a country/state us highlighted and you have to name that one - like the many quizzes that require answers in a particular order, but with a map instead of clues.
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^ Either that or we could require a certain amount of qualified teachers from wealthy countries to travel to third world countries and teach a year before moving back to teach in their home countries.
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Goryeo was replaced by the Joseon (also called Chosun) dynasty, after a coup by one of its generals. .The Joseon dynasty ruled Korea from 1392 to 1910, being one of the longest actively ruling dynasties in world history.^ To tackle the drug problem, the world must be united or else if one country does not follow the rules, people will go there to break the ones they have at home.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ The question more or less is do people in UK or in the government see that there is any chance that UK can fare in this world of competing power blocks without being in one?
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.It was during the early part of the Joseon dynasty that Korean technological inventions such as the world's first water clock, ironclad ship, and other innovations took place.^ Im not sure there is such a thing as an ironclad regulation in the face of innovation because you are assuming that (1) it will be enforced, and (2) that those drafting the regulations can anticipate innovations and what aspects of the innovations will be a problem.
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^ What took their place- Prison Employment, Healthcare and other Government Jobs mostly which come from Tax money!
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.During the rule of King Sejong the Great, the world's first rain gauge was invented and the Korean alphabet known as hangul was created.^ Eventually their methods spread to the Middle East where Moslems created the first functioning world education system.
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^ Before we can make any great strides in special education, we must first create a global awareness and acceptance of differences and the richness they can bring to a society.
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In the late 16th century, Korea experienced the first invasions by the Japanese, then led by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. .However, an alliance between the Joseon dynasty and China's Ming dynasty eventually defeated the invaders, and this, in addition to the untimely death of Hideyoshi, forced the Japanese to pull out of Korea.^ What he finds are scary parallels between our current situation and the sort of structurally unsound emerging market economies forced to reach out to the IMF for help: .
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.Throughout most of its history, the various Korean states were tributary states to Chinese dynasties, resulting in heavy Chinese influence in Korea, though native elements were and still are well preserved in the local culture.^ Sadly, the United States gets most of it’s ecstasy from the Netherlands as well.
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^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
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^ I can well imagine that the 2nd Iraq War is possibly the most unpopular war in the history of Great Britain.
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Korea's status as a Chinese protectorate ended in 1895 after China's defeat in the Sino-Japanese War and the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki. .Under the terms of the treaty, Qing Dynasty China was to recognize the independence of Korea, allowing Japan to exert its influence.^ These Asian countries such as China and Japan have stressed the importance of education which in return has allowed their people to prosper in today’s modern world.
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^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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In 1910, Japan officially annexed Korea, thus beginning a 35-year occupation of the country. .There were numerous rebellions, but through suppression and a cultural assimilation policy that included forcing Koreans to take Japanese names and forbidding them to speak the Korean language, Japan maintained colonial control.^ Although there are substantial differences of interest (and thus policy) between the UK and the US, overall, we share a common language, and a common cultural and ancestral and historic heritage (or background).
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.After Japan's defeat in World War II, Soviet forces occupied the northern half of Korea while US forces occupied the southern half.^ That worked well enough until the Great Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed and lasted until World War II. .
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^ I imagine World War II wreckage is probably easy to find in St. Petersburg.
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.North and South each declared independence as separate states in 1948, with Kim Il-Sung establishing a communist regime with the support of Soviet Union in the north, and Syngman Rhee establishing a capitalist regime with the support of the United States in the south.^ "For decades we have been dreaming that things in the Soviet Union would be like in the United States...
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^ I would suggest that the state actions necessary to attack inequality should include support for unions (a countervailing power) and expanded Government enterprise.
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The disastrous Korean War, which destroyed much of the country, began in 1950 when Kim Il-Sung attacked the south. .US and other UN forces intervened on South Korea's side, while the Soviet Union and China supported the North.^ There are other advantages for US manufacturing in China.
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^ The are in the US and UK (very fast), in Europe, China, India (pretty fast), even in Cuba (increasingly faster) and probably even in North Korea although I don't really anything about that.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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An armistice was signed in 1953 splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone, with no significant territorial gains made by either side. .But a peace treaty has never been signed, and the two Koreas remain technically at war with each other to this day.^ These two countries are among many other countries that have been in tribal war for more than 50 years.
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Despite initially being economically outdone by its northern rival, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth starting in the 1960s under the leadership of former military general President Park Chung Hee. .As one of the East Asian Tigers, the South Korean economy's industrialization and modernization efforts gained traction in the 1980s and 1990s, with per capita income rising to 20 times the level of North Korea.^ America is one of the most modernized and industrialized nations in the world and relies so heavily on fossil fuels and power plants.
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^ USA. Question No 2: name the country among others which will have one of the most high income per person in the 2012?
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^ "Today the expenditures per person of the lowest income, one fifth (or quintile) of households equal those of the median American houshold in the early 1970s."
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In 1996, South Korea joined the OECD or "the rich nations club". Today, South Korea has been recognized as an industrialized, developed economy with some of the world's leading high technology corporations such as Samsung and LG.
Demands for greater freedom of press and human rights fomented to nationwide demonstrations that led to democratic elections in 1987, just prior to the South Korean capital of Seoul hosting the 1988 Summer Olympic Games.
.South Korea is now a liberal democracy and the 10th largest economy in the world.^ Has the largest mosque in the world now, I think.
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^ The choices this generation needs to make now will either make or break the economy of the world in say, fifty to a hundred years.
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^ Largest City Economies (Cities ranked by their GDPs) of the world .
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.In June 2000, a historic first summit took place between the South's President Kim Dae-jung and the North's leader Kim Jong-il (leading Kim Dae-jung to be awarded the first Nobel Peace Prize for South Korea), but the peace process has moved at a glacial pace.^ One of the first actual education systems that appeared for the disabled was a study that took place in Portugal during the 18th century.
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^ Maria Montessori, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, set up preschools in America.
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^ (In Asia, for example, going clockwise: Russia, North Korea, South Korea, China, Vietnam...
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.In recent years, a phenomenon known as the "Korean Wave" (or Hallyu) in which the popularity of South Korean film, television, music, food and other culture aspects has swept most of Asia and many other parts of the world has brought increased attention to the country.^ We have many Americans who are so far in debt after Graduating they are leaving the country and working in Europe and Asia to escape the crushing debts from College that would take 20 years to pay off!
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^ You are talking lot about move of manufacturing to China and other parts of Asia and how you see this as avoidable and beneficial to western societies.
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^ Most modern countries have a retirement age after which many seniors choose to stop working and receive some sort of pension from their company and/or the government.
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Namdaemun Gate, Seoul (presently under reconstruction)
Namdaemun Gate, Seoul (presently under reconstruction)
.South Korea is a very homogeneous country, with nearly all native residents identifying themselves as ethnically Korean and speaking the Korean language.^ Many countries in South Asia, such as Afghanistan, have had very unstable governments in the past, which have lead to more even more poverty.
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^ With that proviso, I have very positive experiences of the NHS. Once the system has recognised what is going on and identified a course of action, they really do pull out all the stops.
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^ I don't see windfarms being a very realistic energy source for a country with all the stuff the United States has.
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.The largest resident minority are the Chinese, numbering around 20,000-30,000. However, there is a number of foreign laborers from China, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Southeast Asia and other parts of world as well as English teachers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland.^ There are other savings as well.
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^ You are talking lot about move of manufacturing to China and other parts of Asia and how you see this as avoidable and beneficial to western societies.
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^ Besides the steps people can take on an individual level, there are other bigger problems that hold a world wide responsibility.
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.In addition, about 30,000 American military personnel are stationed throughout the country, especially near the DMZ.^ In the article, she talked about the attempts made by Americans to meet rising housing costs by taking out additional loans.
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^ The median wage in Albany is about $30,000 US dollars before taxes or about $20,000 afterwards.
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^ Americans, especially, have a reputation in other countries for being loud, disruptive, and disregarding rules.
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.South Korea's large and growing economy has attracted people from all over the world and Seoul's status as a leading financial center has brought many financial workers from North America, Europe and Japan.^ Financial sector expansion lead to decimation of real economy, which has slipped into a coma as our resources and talents have gone into enriching the well-connected financiers.
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^ Now with the Financial Crisis the Government has spent or will spend 7.2 Trillion dollars in an attempt to stabalize the economy here since 70% of the debt crisis originated in America.
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^ Not only is Europe the World's largest exporter they also are the world's largest Investors along with Japan.
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Today, over one million foreigners reside in South Korea.
.Although it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, South Korea has one of the world's lowest birthrates (1.16 children per woman nationwide and this figure is even lower in Seoul), and dealing with this will be one of the major problems for this country in the 21st century.^ Most populous cities in south hemisphere .
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^ Countries with the most World Heritage Sites.
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^ Lowest countries in the world .
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.The sex ratio is skewed strongly male, with about 112 men for every 100 women encouraging many Korean men in rural areas to seek wives from other countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines.^ Tax reductions and other incentives have made agriculture more profitable, reducing the number of farmers migrating from rural areas.
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^ Right of non-discrimination (due to variable retirement ages between men and women - all other matters relating to discrimination are dealt with under UK law).
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^ You are talking lot about move of manufacturing to China and other parts of Asia and how you see this as avoidable and beneficial to western societies.
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About 85% of South Koreans live in urban areas.
.Though East Asian tourists have been visiting Korea in droves since the turn of the millenium due to the Korean Wave (also known as 한류 hallyu), it is still largely off the radar of most Western tourists.^ This comes as no surprise since most modern education systems are modeled after the West’s and because of Western Europe’s wealth and infrastructure.
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^ In Old Ladoga town some mad tourists still visit "the graves" of the two chaps, supposed to be buried there.
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As such, having locals stare or listen to your conversations is still somewhat a common experience among Westerners visiting Korea. Children in particular will approach you or shout a "Hi!" in passing. Much of this is done out of curiosity and eagerness to hear English spoken by native speakers. .Although most Koreans have been educated in English since elementary school and most companies set a premium on possessing a certain level of fluency, in general the people will find it difficult to understand or speak it.^ Most of the education funds go to public elementary and high schools.
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^ Besides government intervention or lack of social spending, Gender discrimination has got to be the most difficult quagmire of the goal of giving children around the world an education.
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^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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.However, most in the city will be able to read and write English proficiently.^ Yet many of American students are still falling behind and consistently scoring below proficiency in the subjects of reading, writing, mathematics, and sciences.
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.Tourists will normally find Koreans to be quite friendly and helpful when trying to find their way around.^ But financial regulation has much broader objectives and the innovative people are always trying to find the next trick to get around the rules; this is easier whenever the regulator has a narrower focus.
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Decoration of a royal palace, Changdeokgung, Seoul
Decoration of a royal palace, Changdeokgung, Seoul
.Having been a a tributary state of China for much of its history, substantial Chinese influences are evident in traditional Korean culture.^ China is toiling over how they can use alternative energy source, much like we do here in the States, but China is also overly populated, so their decisions are crucial to the rest of the world.
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Nevertheless, many fundamental differences remain and Korea has managed to retain a distinct cultural identity from its larger neighbour. Koreans are fiercely proud of their heritage and their resistance to outside domination.
.During the Joseon dynasty, Korea's dominant philosophy was a strict form of Confucianism, perhaps even more strict than seen in China where Confucianism was founded.^ Certainly a lot lower than in China where 500 million people live on $2 a day or less and another 200 million live in dire poverty even by Chnese standards.
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^ Therefore, the use of oil in the world needs to be curtailed before prices gauge checkbooks even more than the present state.
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^ Once forced out of their current homes, many of the people said that the locations in which the government put them in were even older and more dilapidated than their original homes.
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.People were separated into a rigid hierarchy, with the king at the apex, an elite of officials and warriors and a small group of nobility below him, a middle class of merchants below them, and then a vast population of peasants.^ I never said it was a "small group of people."
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^ The Working Population to Working Age Population(18-65) actually amounts to about 60-61% leaving 40% in the 18-65 year population group(officially)not in the workforce!
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^ Of course, in developed countries, the middle class, extending from the working class to much of the white collar class, is the most populous.
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The educated were superior to the uneducated, women served men, and everybody stuck to a defined role or faced severe consequences. .While Korea adopted its own version of the imperial examination system used in China to select officials, unlike its Chinese counterpart which was open to the general public, the Korean imperial examination was only open to those from the aristocratic or yangban class.^ Use only official, current logos.
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^ In the last 20 years these continual campaigns have moved not only general public opinion to its side, but it also has rolled other media actors towards its line.
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Buddhism and its supposedly dangerous notions of equality and individual spiritual pursuit were suppressed.
.While the Joseon dynasty ceased to exist in 1910, its legacy lives on in Korean culture: education and hard work are valued above all else, and women still struggle for equal treatment.^ While they also began with little money and low-end jobs, they worked hard, saved up money, and overcame their most of their economic struggles.
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^ Despite all of the dispute about education we still fail to pay teachers enough money to adequately prepare them to teach in our classrooms.
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^ The government has worked hard to gain insight from the residents about living conditions and how they can be improved.
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Koreans believe that the things that set them the most apart from other Asian cultures is their cuisine, their language and their hangul script. Outsiders will note their extreme modernity, tempered by a well-developed artistic and architectural joyfulness. Nothing goes undecorated if it can be helped, and they have a knack for stylish interior design. .South Korea also has a vibrant film industry, and the country is one of only a few countries in the world in which local films have a greater market share than Hollywood films.^ There is now a market of illicit drugs in every single country in the world.
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^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ But this line of reasoning fails to recognize that direct capital injections have been only one of the tools used during the crisisand in most countries not even the most important one.
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Korea has a significant number of Christians (26%) and Buddhists (26%). .However, some 46% of the country profess to follow no particular religion.^ I see no reason to believe that France has some innate virtue that means she should always be followed on matters of foreign policy.
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^ However, all of the poverty problems in African countries cannot be solely blamed on the period of colonialism and its following repercussions.
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^ However they are able to reach even higher levels of specialisation and wealth at home if they can out-source some less productive tasks to other countries.
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.Christianity is the dominant religion in Seoul and other major urban centres, while in more rural parts of the country, people generally practise a mix of Buddhism, Shamanism and other folk beliefs.^ The difference again is that France, Germany and other EU countries are more prepared for conventional war than to projecting force outside Europe.
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^ The fact that many in the U.K. and other countries would like to see a vibrant, strong E.U. based on freetrade and movement of people does not make them wrong.
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^ It’s no surprise then, that the United States invests more per student that almost any other country in the world.
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Sports

.Baseball was brought to Korea by American missionaries in 1905 and at one point was the most popular sport in the country.^ Why is it that America prides itself on being one of the most dominate countries in the world when around ten percent of its nation can’t even read?
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^ Currently, America is, by far, the country in which special education is the most popular and has made the biggest impact on children with special needs.
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^ But this line of reasoning fails to recognize that direct capital injections have been only one of the tools used during the crisisand in most countries not even the most important one.
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.However, this has been surpassed by football (soccer) since the South Korean national team reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2002. Nevertheless, baseball still retains a strong following, with many Korean players becoming famous MLB players in the United States, and the Korean national baseball team is regarded as one of the strongest in the world.^ Nations in the world with monarchs as head of state .
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^ Italian World Cup team .
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^ Countries that have played in the Football World Cup (ever) .
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Badminton, table tennis and bowling are also popular and facilities for the public are widely available in cities. Korean martial arts such as taekwondo are also popular. .Golf also has a strong following, with membership fees for Korea's top golf clubs being more expensive than those in neighbouring Japan or even the United States.^ More than anyone, even the President.
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^ I personally could give a little more to UNICEF, or the Aloha United away, or to any of those types of groups that help children develop to their full potential.
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^ Which is why most Britons (and Irish, actually) have more in common with (and a greater affinity for) Americans than we have with our continental neighbours - the French, the Germans, the Greeks, - or even the Finns!
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.Also, many of the world's top female golfers originate from Korea or are of Korean descent.^ GDP size, by percentage of world GDP, what not in many listings top trio or the fourth.
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Books

A long and complicated relationship, contact between the West and Korea have lead to a plethora of books on the Korean experience. Here's a list of books that would be available in the two major book centres in Korea as of June 2008.
History
  • Battle for Korea: The Associated Press History of the Korean Conflict by Robert J. Dvorchak (1993) - great journalistic photography accompanied by short descriptive narratives
  • Korea Old and New: A History by Carter Eckert and Lee Ki-Baik (1991) - simply stated writing, good overview of Korea's history
  • Korea Witness: 135 years of war, crisis and new in the land of the morning calm by Donald Kirk and Choe Sang Hun (2006) - compilation of articles from foreign correspondents starting from 1871, notably from Jack London, a war correspondent from 1903-4
  • True Stories of the Korean Comfort Women by Keith Howard (1996) - unflinching look at the atrocities committed during occupation period
Culture
  • The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies by Michael Breen (1999) - anectodal accounts and insights of a British journalist on the country he spends half the year in, informative and entertaining
  • Social Change in Korea published by Jimoondang (2008) - compilation of articles written by academic experts on Korea
  • The Discovery of Korea: History-Nature-Cultural Heritages-Art-Tradition-Cities by Yoo Myeong-jong (2005) - amazing scenic views on Korea

Holidays

.Korea's traditional holidays follow the lunar calendar, so they fall on different days each year.^ Russians absolutely refuse to be born in Septembers, kind of following Christmas-New Year holidays.
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^ So if you look at the graph, the difference between 1980 and this day is approx 7 years.
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The two biggest, Seollal and Chuseok, are family holidays and entail everybody returning to their hometowns en masse, meaning that all forms of transport are absolutely packed.
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  • Shinjeong (신정),means New Years day : on the 1st day, January
  • Seollal (설날), on the 1st day of the 1st month in the lunar calendar, is also known as "Korean New Year". Families gather together, eat traditional foods-especially Ddugguk (떡국) and perform an ancestral service.^ Between 6 months and 1 year, about 52% of children use daycare (centres, family daycare and informal daycare.
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    ^ That means you only have 99 years, 11 months, and 29 days until the next one.
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    .The public holiday lasts for 3 days, which includes the eve and second day.
  • Sameeljjeol (삼일절,3.1절) : 1st, March, in commemoration of the March 1st resistance movement against the invading Japanese Imperial Army in 1919.
  • Orininal (어린이날) : means children's day, 5th, May
  • Buchonnim osinnal or sawolchopa-il : means Buddah's birthday, 8th, 4th month in the lunar calendar
  • Hyeonchung-il (현충일) : means memorial day, 6th, June.^ Each day in the United States, 2,019 babies are born into poverty; meaning that a baby is born into povery every 48 seconds.
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    ^ In practice, this means that the government of the day may do so without referring back.
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    ^ That means you only have 99 years, 11 months, and 29 days until the next one.
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    .In commemoration of people who gave their lives to the nation.
  • Gwangbokjjeol (광복절) : means independence day, 15th, August.^ Nearly 79% of people who need long-term care live at home or in community settings rather than in institutions.
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    ^ Certainly a lot lower than in China where 500 million people live on $2 a day or less and another 200 million live in dire poverty even by Chnese standards.
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    ^ "Half of the world, nearly three billion people, live on less than two dollars a day."
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    .In commemoration of the liberation of Korean peninsula from the Japanese rule with the end of the second world war.
  • Chuseok (추석), often dubbed "Korean Thanksgiving", is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the year (usually August-September).^ Otherwise dear Government explained Russians get born evenly throughout all days of the year, having no preferencies, but in September nobody gets born, all on strike.
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    ^ After World War II ended in 1945, most of Europe's nations were left crippled along with Japan and Russia.
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    ^ For a state to prepare for a end of a world situation, be it world war or a natural disaster is being vigilant.
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    Koreans celebrate by eating traditional foods, notably a rice cake called songpyeon (송편) and playing folk games. The public holiday lasts for 3 days
  • Gaecheonjeol (개천절) : 3rd, October. .In commemoration of the first formation of the nation of ancient Korea
  • Christmas (성탄절) has become a major holiday in Korea due to the large number of Christian converts in recent times.^ Today, in France, surprisingly enough, roughly a quarter of the population lives in public housing due in part to a large number of immigrants residing in that country.
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    ^ Middle East and North Africa(MENA): Countries in the Middle East and North African have recently been experiencing large economic growth, mostly due to the high oil prices.
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    ^ Whereas statistics say that most Christian nations kind of like winter holiday times, with one country exception of course, no mystery which.
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    .As such, it is an ideal time to visit and soak up the festive mood, and maybe listen to a couple of Korean renditions of popular Christmas songs.
  • Spring is a great time of year to be in Korea.^ Maybe in a couple years I can get into management, if I take some language courses.
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    ^ Maybe its time to put it back up to that level by means of a more highly progressive marginal tax?
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    ^ The idea was voiced up several times last spring/summer.
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    .The temperatures are warm, but not hot and there's not too much rain either.^ There is actually so much less competition in example in St. Petersburg that your prices are either in the same level as those in Helsinki or over them.
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    However, spring is also the time when yellow dust blows over from China. .Some days can be horrible to breath because of this.
  • Summer starts with a dreary rainy season (장마철,jangma-cheol) in June and turns into a steambath in July-August, with extreme humidity and the temperature heading as high as 40°C. Best avoided unless heading to the beaches.
  • Fall, starting in September, is perhaps the best time to be in Korea.^ A plurality of regulators is the best insurance that at least some of them will be honest some of the time.
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    ^ The current administration tried to transition Head Start into a block grant.
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    ^ Joel Stern: "The "20+2" compensation structure practically ensures that hedge fund managers achieve very high compensation over time just by trying their best honestly" .
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    .Temperatures and humidity become more tolerable, fair days are common and the justly renowned fall colors make their appearance.
  • Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping, and the Korean invention of ondol (floor heating) helps defrost any parts that froze outside.^ The U.S. prides itself in having fifty-four out of the top 200 Universities, and going to those Universities for top jobs has become more of a necessity in recent years.
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    ^ Increased wages and benefits could encourage teachers to become more qualified and will help to maintain preschool staff.
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    ^ I do financially support my Church, but that is more because it makes me feel good than of any obligation demanded by Pastor and the Government allows me a tax deduction for doing it.
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    However, January and February can be bone-biting cold due to Siberian winds from the north.

Electricity

.South Korean households and hotels use the same dual round sockets for their electrical outlets as are found in most of Continental Europe.^ In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century electricity became a necessity in most American households, and oil and gas burning engines became popular.
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^ There have also been local studies in most states on childcare, since I live in Hawaii if I wanted to send this letter I would use some research from the government that I found.
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.Anyone bringing an electronic device is advised to bring some adapter should their charger's plug be something other than the dual round type.^ For example, the more powerful countries should sacrifice some military and defense funds to improve the educational systems of their nation as well as the other poorer countries around it.
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^ Blair seems to me to have been right in 1999 to say that we are in need of some principle by which we can "identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people's conflicts".
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^ Germany manufactures and exports more than all the other EU countries put together, so they should be concerned if things are not going right.
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.However, some hotels may provide an adapter for you to use which you can query from reception.^ At least in Russia you say that the state provides some very basic pension and services for those without family support.
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^ I would try to make every school's curriculum more like Punahou's in that almost everything you take is going to be useful in some way.
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^ Hapa, you are right to jump on my use of the word "pretending", which has the unfortunate connotation that there is some kind of conspiracy going on.
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.However, they may ask you for a deposit should you want to borrow.^ Our priority is protect the payment system: You want to protect deposits and anything that is like a deposit.
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^ They screwed taxpayers and borrowers so they can repay TARP with (you guessed it) our recycled TARP money.
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^ If one wants to rent in the a Modest Median Priced Apartment in the Tampa Bay Area they should be making $17.00 an hour according to the Tampa Tribune.
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Gyeonggi
surrounding Seoul and covered in its urban sprawl
Gangwon
natural wonderland; Seoraksan National Park, east-coast beaches and ski resorts.
North Chungcheong
landlocked province filled with mountains and national parks
.South Chungcheong
central western part of the country.^ The primary education in South Africa is on par with many Western countries; however, up until the 1980’s, only white Afrikaners were privy to this first-world education.
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Flat area made up of rice paddies. Point where main train lines and highways converge. Notable Places: Daejeon, hot springs, Mt. Gyeryongsan.
North Gyeongsang
largest province and richest area for historical and cultural sites. Notable places: Andong, Gyeongju and the islands of Ulleungdo.
South Gyeongsang
known for its gorgeous seaside cities and most respected temples. Notable Places: Busan, Haeinsa Temple.
North Jeolla
Great Korean food.
South Jeolla
Lots of beautiful small islands and landscape, fantastic food (especially seafood along the coast) and good for fishing.
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Jeju
Korea's honeymoon island, built by a volcano. Great scenery with wild flowers and horseback riding. .One of the few places you may need a car.^ You have few times noted about the Finnish education system, but may I ask do you have more sinister motives to praise it?
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^ (Menedemus is there i guess because you need to get at least one normal person among the authors.
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^ Try continental Europe, the Socialists need bums for votes and if you aren't one they can help you get in touch with your inner hobo.
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  • Seoul(서울) — the dynamic 600 year old capital of South Korea, a fusion of the ancient and modern
  • Busan(부산,釜山) — the second largest city and a major port city of Korea.
  • Daegu(대구,大邱) — a cosmopolitan city, rich with ancient traditions and sights
  • Daejeon(대전,大田) — a large and dynamic metropolis located in Chungnam province
  • Incheon(인천,仁川) — busiest port in the country, location of the country's largest international airport
  • Jeonju(전주,全州) — once the spiritual capital of the Joseon Dynasty, now a leading center of the arts filled with museums, ancient buddhist temples, and historical monuments
  • Gwangju(광주,光州) — the administrative and economic centre of the area, the largest city in the province
  • Gyeongju(경주,慶州) — the ancient capital of the Silla Kingdom
  • Chuncheon(춘천,春川) — capital city of Gangwon province, surrounded by lakes and mountains and known for local dishes, dakgalbi and makguksu
  • Seoraksan National Park — spread out over four cities and counties, the country's most renowned national park and mountain range
  • Andong — historically rich in Confucious traditions and home of living folk village
  • Guinsa — spectacular mountain headquarters of the Buddhist Cheondae sect
  • Panmunjeom — the only tourist site in the world where the Cold War is still reality
  • Boseong — rolling hills blanketed with green tea leaves where you can stroll along a wooded path and stop at a nearby spa to drink the home grown tea and take a seawater bath.
  • Yeosu — one of the country's most picturesque port cities especially at night, nominated to host the 2012 World Expo.^ This only takes into account one country and there are still hundreds of countries out there where AIDS is ravaging villages and communities.
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    ^ Now he is a city dog, but originally a village dog.
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    ^ The USA has the most expensive educational system in the world leaving millions of students with huge debts and only 10% of the typical High School Graduation class will finish college with a degree(most drop out), somthing not mentioned often and those that do because of the economic crisis have difficulty finding work and others leave the country to escape the debts they owe from the college years.
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    Famous for its seafood and beaches, you can visit some of the islands in Hallyeo Ocean Park with cruise or watch sunset from its fabulous Dolsan Bridge or romantic cafes near marinas.
  • Somaemuldo — an hour off the coast of the South Gyeongsan province there's a hidden island surrounded by aquamarine waters and a breathtaking view that will stop you in your tracks
  • Jindo — commonly associated with the dog native to that area, the Jindo, every year people flock to the area to witness the parting of the sea and participate with the accompanying festivities
  • Ulleungdo — scenic remote island off the east coast of peninsula

Get in

.The nationals of 109 countries and territories, including all the usual suspects, will receive a visa on arrival valid for 30 to 90 days.^ What seems to be the case in the majority countries all over the world, including the U.S. is that there are not enough public housing options for everyone.
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^ Many nations including America have already developed enough nuclear weapons to destroy all of the populated land on Earth.
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^ Also, many of the leaders of African countries often chose to not make the much needed repairs to the weak infrastructures of the various African nations, if those infrastructures existed at all, that is.
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.Rules for visiting only Jeju are even more lenient, allowing in everybody except citizens of 11 countries.^ However, even though Sadaam had nothing to do with 9/11, US public opinion became much more belligerent after the terrorsi attacks.
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^ But this line of reasoning fails to recognize that direct capital injections have been only one of the tools used during the crisisand in most countries not even the most important one.
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^ If you want to have more prospering Europe then you have to level playing field for companies and citizens and that can only happen throe more closer union.
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.See the the Hi Korea web-site[2] for the latest details.^ I refer you to the useful web sites run by Source Watch and Media Transparency for details.
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.Don't overstay, even by a single day — this incurs heavy fines and possible jail time, and you'll probably be banned from re-entering.^ We don't have even pubs' culture as you do.
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^ And oh yes, I'll let you know what vintags of Dom Perignon I prefer, probably the 1990.
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^ But then I gather you don't mind some fighty moods and spirits at times?
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.Military personnel travelling under the SOFA for South Korea are not required to possess a passport for entry, provided they hold a copy of their travel orders and a military ID. On the other hand, dependents must hold a passport and A-3 visa for entry.^ They were afraid to hold the piece of paper in hands, containing such blaspheny.
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^ They hold out the the clear hope that government within communities, government within the separae States, and government of the United States can do the things the times require, without yielding its democracy.
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By plane

South Korea has 7 international airports: Busan(Gimhae Airport),Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Muan, Seoul(Gimpo Airport and Incheon Int. Airport).
.Incheon International Airport, about 1 hour west of Seoul, is the country's largest airport, with good connections throughout the world.^ What’s shocking is that out of all the countries in the world, the United States is the largest consumer of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and is increasingly using methamphetamine.
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^ A brief map of countries throughout the world ranging from less to most severe cases of poverty.
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^ These countries set good examples for what should happen throughout the entire world.
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.This is also arguably the best run and best designed airport in the world - a pleasure to use, although if you arrive late watch out for pushy taxi drivers lying about the hotel buses and trying to get you to pay 3x the normal fare.^ And while you might not know it regardless of what the "studies" come out with, American medical care is the best money can buy.
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^ What you have to understand that this is not about currency exchange rates, this is about reserve currency levels and on what currency is used in international trade.
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^ Well, as long as they are trying their best, I guess there's nothing to complain about, is there?
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.There are direct inter-city buses to many locations throughout South Korea just outside the international arrival hall.^ Also do not forget it was France and Holland that stopped the constitution and Ireland that stopped the Lisbon Trraty - not the U.K. Perhaps you should direct just a little of your venom there.
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^ Why do you think there are so many spin doctors throughout the EU, their job is to lead the media and maybe even pay for good publicity.
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You can buy the tickets at the airport.
.Busan's Gimhae airport and Jeju field significant numbers of international flights, links from the rest being limited to nearby major Japanese and Chinese cities.^ In the past several years, international firms, the majority from the U.S. and England, have purchased nearly $25 billion in apartments owned by German cities.
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The "city shuttle" services from Seoul's otherwise mostly domestic Gimpo Airport to Tokyo-Haneda and Shanghai-Hongqiao are quite convenient though.
Korean Air [3] and Asiana [4] are the principal carriers to and from South Korea. Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Finnair, Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines serve Seoul-Incheon and Busan(Munich-Seoul-Busan) from Europe(including Russia). .United, Northwest and Delta all serve Seoul-Incheon from the United States, although many flights stop over in Tokyo-Narita.^ Background Information Although the United States is one of the richest nations in the world, the issues of poverty are very surreal.
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^ The United States has seen a rise in gas prices, that has affected everyone from the poor to the rich and many residents think it is outrageous.
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^ You may agree that the way the United States decides to teach their kids is a full proof method, which it may expect for there are many underlying issues.
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Singapore Airlines [5] has nonstop flights from San Francisco.

By train

.Travel from North Korea (and hence anywhere else in Asia) to South Korea by train remains impossible in practice.^ North Korea is the only country that really tries to be completely self-sufficient and will stay dirt-poor while they remain an autarky.
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.There have been a few test runs on the newly rebuilt railroad connecting the two, but it will likely remain more of a political statement than travel option for some time to come.^ We have to do more than a test.
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^ And with a Government and Corporate leaders like ours there is more to come.
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^ There are more federally funded programs than ever for young children coming for low-income households.
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.However, for travelers coming from or continuing on to Japan, special through tickets [6] are available, giving discounts of 30% on KTX services and 9-30% on Busan-Fukuoka ferries as well as Japanese trains.^ "IDEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, mandates that eligible children with disabilities have available to them special education and related services designed to address their unique educational needs."
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^ Every 2 hrs we were getting updates on how exactly well the quarrels continue, and all this on the New Year's eve and through the night.
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By boat

Busan Port International Passenger Terminal [7] is the largest seaport in the country and offers ferry rides mostly to and from Japan. There are fairly frequent ferry connections from Busan to Japan. .JR's Beetle hydrofoil service from Busan to Fukuoka manages the trip in just under three hours with up to five connections a day, but all other links are overnight slow ferries, such as Pukwan Ferry Company [8]'s services to Shimonoseki from cost from $US60 (one-way).^ Nothing to worry about, Americans always bounce back one way or the other and hopefully I won't have to become a mercenary!
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^ Eventually, it became illegal due to the health problems and dangers it created, just like all the other illicit drugs in America today.
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^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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A Busan-Osaka ferry is operated by Panstar Line Co., Ltd. [9].
.Incheon's International Ferry Terminal 1 (Yeonan Budu, 연안부두) has services to several cities in China, such as Weihai, Dandong, Qingdao and Tianjin.^ International tests show that Asian countries such as China and Japan receive the highest scores in math and science.
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^ In the past several years, international firms, the majority from the U.S. and England, have purchased nearly $25 billion in apartments owned by German cities.
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The largest operator is Jinchon [10], but Incheon Port has full listings on their website [11]. The Chinese ports of Rizhao, Rongcheng and Lianyungang, all in Shandong province, can also be accessed by ferry from Pyeongtaek.
There are also weekly departures from Sokcho (Gangwon-do) to Vladivostok from US$270 operated by Dong Chun Ferry Co. Ltd. [12].

By land

Due both to its location at the end of the Korean peninsula and the political situation with North Korea, entering South Korea overland is practically not possible. .The border between North and South Korea is considered the most heavily fortified border in the world, and while some crossings have occurred at the truce village of Panmunjeom, one of the cases (a Soviet defector in 1984) was shot at by both sides and, although he survived, you might not be so lucky.^ The issues that we are considering revolve around electrical energy, which is converted from some other form, most popularly, the form of fossil fuels.
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^ They “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on Earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world.
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^ I can think of some areas where you could make quite a strong case but the media is not one of them.
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In the 80's and the early 90's most of those who crossed the border either way would be arrested and prosecuted for reasons mostly referred to as 'threatening national security'.

Get around

.South Korea is fairly compact and you can get anywhere very fast if you fly, and reasonably fast even if you don't.^ We don't have even pubs' culture as you do.
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^ Wake-up call: You don't have a very large military but you do still have Nukes.
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^ They said "Thank you very much of course, but we counted it for a millenium this way, and it is still December here - even if in Europe it is January already!
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.Subways are available in most of the cities in metropolitan area including Seoul and other big cities have serviced or been on the way to make its subways.^ America has a Doctor Shortage and also America has less Hospital Beds Available per Capita then most other Western nations, know why?
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^ What is needed is a team of free roaming regulation enforcers that are paid moderate government salaries but who have a way of making big money.
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^ If you delay you are inflicting other costs on the system including most particularly massive fiscal costs and the need for more fiscal stimulus, and an increase in the debt.
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And you can easily get on buses or taxis. .But it would be much cheaper and better to ride a bus.^ Personally I think it would be better for the EU if it steered a middle course in regulation as too much is equally as bad as too little.
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By plane

.South Korea is small enough that flying is more of a luxury than a necessity, with the notable exception of connections to the island of Jeju.^ For example, the enrollment rate in South Asia in 1990 was 66%.¹ That's right a 66% enrollment rate, meaning that more than one-third of the kids in South Asia were not in school.
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^ There is actually more than enough wood in Finland to satisfy our forest industries fully.
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^ That would certainly make more sence than their being a small band of outsiders.
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.The long-standing domestic flight duopoly of Korean Air [13] and Asiana [14] was broken in 2005 by the arrival of low-cost competitors Hansung Airlines [15] and Jeju Air [16], which offers flights not only to Jeju, but also serves the Seoul-Busan sector with lower fares than the KTX express train.^ It seems to me that until the recent downturn, unemployment in the US has been as low or lower than in most European countries.
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^ In Africa, the level and quality of “regular” education that is offered there is substantially lower than the education that is offered in America.
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^ Nokia however only manufacturers low cost low tech phones in it and research laboratories mainly focus China related tasks.
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KTX network map    Shared track (KTX)       Gyeongbu Line (KTX)      Gyeongbu Line (normal)      Honam Line (normal)
KTX network map     Shared track (KTX)        Gyeongbu Line (KTX)       Gyeongbu Line (normal)       Honam Line (normal)
National train operator Korail [17] connects major cities in South Korea. .Neglected for a long time, a large amount of money has been plowed into the network in recent years and trains are now quite competitive with buses on speed and price, and much safer and more comfortable to boot.^ Maybe both services will connect and sway congress to push more money into the educational fund.
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^ "If the government keeps paying off an ever increasing amount of its debt with 'printed' money, it won't be long before no one accepts it.
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^ This is now everywhere, UK, France, Belgium, Germany etc as the days of the large monolithic factory went years ago and small units are far more adaptable and futuristic.
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.The main problem is that the network is still a little limited and services in rural areas are limited, with trains only once every few hours.^ China: Problem : social and economic gap between urban and rural areas is huge Solution : Of the 1.3 billion Chinese, only 800 million live in the countryside where agriculture is the main livelihood.
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^ But the Median wage in the Area is only $12.00 an hour with many making less so even renting is a struggle here now.
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^ Also, the increasing disparity between urban and rural areas may cause other economic problems.
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.Particularly useful are the high-speed Korea Train eXpress (KTX) [18] services between Seoul and Busan via Daegu and Daejeon, which use French TGV technology to zip along at up to 300 km/h.^ New York was an Industrial Titan up to 1979 or so and since has lost much of it's Industry along with the high wage/benefit jobs.
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^ Although Japan has proven to be very up-to-date as far as technology goes, the special education programs that are offered in Japan could use some improvement.
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.The full trip currently takes 160 minutes, a figure which is expected to improve to 116 minutes by 2010 when the second stretch of high-speed track is taken into use.^ Take matters into our own hands and buy the clean emission car or use the mass transit system.
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^ The economy is currently based on the assumption that the average household will spend more than it takes in, and whenever that changes we go into structural recession.
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.The KTX trains have 18 cars with the first 3 being first class and the rest reserved economy seating except the very last car (number 18) which is open seating.^ There is a whole class of manipulators that are running the economy and economists are very much part of it.
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There are drink vending machines on board and an attendant that comes by with a snack cart which includes reasonably priced beer, soda, cookies, candy, sausages, hardboiled eggs, and kimbap (rice rolls).
Seoul to Busan by train
Type Time Price
KTX 2:40 W48,100
Saemaeul 4:45 W39,700
Mugunghwa 5:30 W27,000
Non-KTX trains are poetically ranked as Saemaeul (새마을, "New Village"), Mugunghwa (무궁화, "Rose of Sharon") and Tonggeun (통근), corresponding roughly to express, semi-express and local services. Saemaeul trains are a little pricier than buses, while Mugunghwa are about 30% cheaper. However Saemaeul trains are extremely comfortable, having seats that are comparable to business class seats on airplanes. .Though with the introduction of the KTX, there are much fewer Saemaeul and Mugunghwa services, they are worth trying them out.^ Homeless people are also often targets of violence and abuse, and would be much safer in shelters, where they are also given food and access to services and programs.
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^ I pointed out that they were not, though generally speaking it was a statistically poor bet that the performance in question would turn out to be worth the compensation.
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^ Globally, there isn’t much direct service one can do help this issue.
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.Tonggeun, formerly Tonggil, are cheapest of all, but long-distance, non-aircon services have been phased out and they're now limited to short stopping commuter services.^ Now in UK and USA companies don't have these costs thus their focus is more in short term as they can change their operations more rapidly.
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^ As long as they were all in it together, no one would be faulted.
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^ Now I do agree that its wrong to wish for the collapse of British economy as it just puts out too much hurt in all the wrong places.
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Most longer-distance trains have an entertainment car with a small cafe/bar, computers with internet access (W500 for 15 minutes) and a few trains even have private compartments with coin-operated karaoke machines!
Smoking is not permitted on any Korean trains or stations (including open platforms).
.Seoul also has an extensive commuter train network that smoothly interoperates with the massive subway system, and Busan, Daejeon, Daegu and Incheon also have subway services.^ Germany has an extensive Vocational/Trade training system, the largest in the world.
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.Tickets are much cheaper than in Japan but more expensive than other Asian countries - although the damage can be lowered by travelling on local trains rather than KTX. Buying tickets is fairly easy - self-service terminals accepting cash and credit cards are in multiple languages and are very simple to use.^ Clear solutions (although they will be difficult to attain) are ending our dependency on foreign oil and using a less expensive and cleaner alternative, and ending the war in Iraq – the government spends as much or more money on defense than health care and human services.
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^ Poverty has a much larger impact on African Americans and Hispanics than on those who are White or Asian.
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^ The difference again is that France, Germany and other EU countries are more prepared for conventional war than to projecting force outside Europe.
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Station staff can usually speak basic English. .Most stations are clean, modern and have good signposting in Korean and English, and compared to China or Japan, Korea's rail system is very user-friendly.^ As for the children's education it is been very noticeable that most Labour politicians are so convinced by the state system their cohorts have created that they invariably send their children to private schools or state schools that are 'special'.
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^ This comes as no surprise since most modern education systems are modeled after the West’s and because of Western Europe’s wealth and infrastructure.
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^ Despite differences, the Americans have been prepared to work with the EU and Russia in the Middle East and with China, Japan and Russia over N. Korea.
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KR Pass

The KR Pass [19] is a special rail pass introduced in 2005 for non-resident foreigners only, allowing unlimited travel for a set period on any Korail train (including KTX) and including free seat reservation. The pass is not valid for first class or sleeping cars, but you can upgrade for half price if you wish. .The regular pass costs US$76/114/144/168 for 3/5/7/10 days, with additional discounts of 10-20% for youths (age 13-25), students and groups of 2-5 traveling together.^ Many of these users are youths and young people starting at ages below 10 years old.
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^ At the end of the year US dollar has halved its value, yearly inflation rate is anywhere from 20 - 50% and the GDP drops 10 - 20%.
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^ Many of their students attend evening classes in addition to their regular school day classes in order to better prepare themselves for the future.
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.Note that the pass must be purchased before arrival in South Korea, either via a travel agent or online, and you'll need to do quite a lot of traveling to make it pay off.^ Today, the financial problems related to elder care have a lot to do with the increased volume of seniors, higher cost of healthcare, and limited means with which to pay for everyone’s needs.
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^ I can think of some areas where you could make quite a strong case but the media is not one of them.
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^ The thing however is that you don't necessarily need latest and greatest technology and drugs to make an impact...
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By bus

Buses (버스 beoseu) remain the main mode of national transport, connecting all cities and towns. .They're frequent, punctual and fast, sometimes dangerously so, so fasten the belts you'll often find in the seats.^ It's like boarding a plane in the middle of a stormy night and finding you've been seated next to Angelina Jolie.
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^ Often, parents send their children to school as soon as they’re three.
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^ How will you force population to relocate, and how will they find employment?
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.There is a somewhat pointless division of long-distance buses into express buses (고속버스 gosok beoseu) and inter-city buses (시외버스 si-oe beoseu), which often use separate terminals to boot.^ The problem with this proposal is that it would take too long and cost too much to create these divisions for a problem that may not last long enough for them to be of any use.
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.Express buses are marginally faster on long runs, but inter-city buses go to more places.^ More people, therefore, should be interested in looking to alternative energy sources, which has great potential to cost less than gas in the long run.
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.For additional comfort, look for Udeung buses (우등 버스) which have just three seats across instead of the usual four; these cost about 50% extra.^ How about if he took a look at who funded and spread these ideological propaganda which benefited the financial elite?
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^ This kind of training would cost about $50,000 in the states and no paid learning.
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^ If we could finally walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, you'd think we wouldn't need all these fancy meetings (which probably cost money also) in order to solve something that we're just too lazy to deal with.
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  • Korean Express Bus Lines Association [20]
Timetables and fares of the Express bus routes in South Korea

By boat

Ferry boats surround the peninsula and shuttle out to Korea's many islands. The main ports include Incheon, Mokpo, Pohang, and Busan. The most popular destinations are Jeju-do and Ulleungdo. .However even at peak times, the mostly undiscovered and scenic islands off of Incheon can seem almost deserted.^ However, even if a country does have an adequate supply of public housing, many times the housing is located in an undesirable area or has been left to fester in its lack of good management.
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^ However it seems that just getting the healt care work even with old technology and drugs in Russia would be huge improvement on what the situation now is.
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^ However, many places have there own gas related problems to deal with even though they seem to affect everyone at some point.
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Foreigners as well as locals will opt for the warmer shores of the South and East.

By car

An International Driving Permit (IDP) may be used to drive around South Korea. In general, road conditions are good in South Korea and directional signs are in both Korean and English. Car rental rates start from ₩54400 a day for the smallest car for about a week. Traffic moves on the right in South Korea.
.However, if traveling in the big cities, especially Seoul, driving is not recommended as the roads are plagued with traffic jams, with parking expensive and difficult to find, and many drivers tend to get reckless under such conditions, weaving in and out of traffic.^ Go to http://www.unicef.org/ and find out what you can do to help, such as collecting money for the organization, or becoming a voice of youth leader.
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^ In many cases this is untrue, homeless have incredibly difficult times finding a job, because of their current condition, employers will often times not employ someone if they are homeless[2].
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^ If you want you could find many such anti e.u.
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.Drivers would often try to speed past traffic lights when they are about to turn red, though they would still stop if the light turns red before they reach the junction.^ As it turned out, though, the days of Washington agnosticism about Wall Street were numbered.
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^ If each person cared about their own well being, and did care about how they treated their bodies then it would be easier to reach them, and keep them from doing drugs that destroy their bodies and minds.
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^ When panel members were asked about when the good times would end, the group unequivocally and unanimously agreed that not until a disaster occurred would the money stop flowing.
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.Driving habits in Korea, while not the best, are still significantly better than in China.^ People in Eastern Germany still have a better standard of living now than people in parts of Britain and the USA..
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.Note that road courtesy is almost non-existent in Korean cities and it is best to read up on Korean road culture before attempting to drive.^ In sub-Saharan Africa, public primary education was virtually non-existent before WWII. Now public education in Africa varies from country to country.
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Handwritten hangul in an advertisement
Handwritten hangul in an advertisement
See also: Korean phrasebook
.Koreans speak Korean, and knowing a few words of this will come in very handy.^ WE all know that Mercenaries have been hired since day one, very few saints in this world.
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^ Further more it was one of the few countries that led the way in allowing people from the accession countries to come to the U.K. to work without restriction form the very beginning.
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.Unfortunately the language is rather drastically different from any Western language in its grammar, and pronunciation is rather difficult for the English speaker to get right (though not tonal).^ China has advantages in low-cost manufacturing and India in English-language (useful for services), property-rights protection, etc.
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.Depending on which part of the country you go to, various different dialects are spoken, though standard Korean, which is based on the Seoul dialect, is understood and spoken by almost everyone.^ You don't have to go back almost a hundred years to find some legal and regulatory limitations on monopoly.
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^ If you force people to take losses on the payments part of the system, then all hell is going to break loose.
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^ Of course men look, but what difference does it make, if you go there for sauna not for men.
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.Most notably among the dialects, the Gyeongsang dialect spoken around Busan and Daegu is considered to be rather rough and aggressive compared to standard Korean, and the Jeju dialect spoken on Jeju island is known for being almost incomprehensible to speakers of standard Korean.^ The issues that we are considering revolve around electrical energy, which is converted from some other form, most popularly, the form of fossil fuels.
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.Written Korean uses a unique phonetic writing system called hangul (한글 hangeul) where sounds are stacked up into blocks that represent syllables.^ What ends up happening is they get into using the drugs they are selling.
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.It was designed by a committee and looks like it, at first glance all right angles and little circles, but is remarkably consistent and logical and quite fast to pick up.^ After all that pitiful moaning I guess he isn't quite sure that he has given up on the US, just yet.
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^ Where I live the men all have Pick-up trucks for driving to work and going hunting and most of them have a black Lab (labradour retriver).
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^ Looks like you live in a quite how to say "ecological" place, booming with things.
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.Many Korean words can also be written with much more complex Chinese characters, known as hanja (한자,漢字) in Korean, and these are still occasionally mixed into text, but are increasingly few and far between.^ However, these government programs are funded by tax dollars, and as more people grow old and rack up higher costs, there are increasingly less people who are able to put money into these funds.
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^ Education in our nation has always been a controversial topic because of the mixed opinions on how much we should fund into improving it.
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^ A far more compelling story is that a very powerful banking lobby spent hundreds of millions of dollars over many years to elect and then influence enough legislators to get the changes made; and that the revolving door relationship we have between financial industry and government, made it all that much easier.
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Nowadays, hanja are mainly used for disambiguation if the meaning is ambiguous when written in hangul. In such instances, the hanja is usually written in parentheses next to the hangul. .Hanja are also used to mark janggi (장기,將棋) or Korean chess pieces, in newspaper headlines as well as in personal names on official documents.^ Dear Mark, Daimler is not the correct name, you should use Daimler AG (formerly DaimlerChrysler AG).
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.Learning to read hangul before you arrive in Korea will make traveling much easier, as many signs and menus are written in hangul only.^ You only have to read some of the eurosceptics posts here to realise what you are up against.
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^ Therefore, many people find it much easier to take leave as often as possible to get the double holiday pay(4).
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^ You make many good points, but I think the situation may actually be worse.
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.Even basic pattern-matching tricks come in handy: for example, if you know that a circle at the bottom of a block is read -ng, you can already distinguish Pyongyang (평양) from Seoul (서울).^ BTW, I'll let you know when I am coming over.
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^ I got given a hoover from Miele as a weeding present as i got married 17 years ago.You know its still going strong even today...
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^ At 9:11pm on 14 Nov 2008 , threnodio wrote: #26 - PatienceOver Well I am sorry to have annoyed you but I wanted to know where you were coming from.
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Further, the Korean words for many common products -coffee, juice, computer- are often the same as the English words, but will be written in Hangul. .If you can read hangul, you'll find survival Korean surprisingly easy.^ You'll find Europeans all over the world, because they have a high currency standard.
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^ If you aren't sure what RSS is you'll find our beginner's guide to RSS useful.
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.The spelling of Korean words in Roman letters can be quite inconsistent, so don't be too surprised to see adjacent signs for Gwangalli and Kwanganri — it's the same place.^ US and UK. (don't you see they start from the same U, BTW, why to look for other reasons?
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.In 2000, the government officially standardized on the Revised Romanization system also used in Wikitravel, but you will frequently encounter older McCune-Reischauer spellings and just plain weird spellings.^ If you hold Wall Street accountable for failure, when will you hold government officials accountable for their failures?
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^ Officially signed into law in 1994, this program set goals that should be met by the public school system by the year 2000.
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^ How do you use antitrust to break up a belief system?
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Notably, words beginning with g, d, b, j may be spelled with k, t, p, ch instead, and the vowels eo and eu may be spelled o and u. The letters l, r and n also get swapped often, and the vowels i and u are sometimes written as ee and oo respectively. In foreign words imported into Korean, f turns into p, so don't be too surprised by a cup of keopi or a round of golpeu.
.All Koreans who have attended elementary school have taken English lessons as part of their education, and the English level of the country is being improved by government policy and investments.^ Asia Society has two primary education objectives: one focuses on teaching and learning about Asia; and the other on expanding our nation's investments in international studies at the elementary and secondary school levels.” It’s interesting to see what other countries focus on, such as Asia who devotes part of their education system to knowing where they come from and their history.
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^ However, although they’re countries who have stressed education, they’re also those countries who have neglected this important issue.
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^ Not all Asian countries have the resources for primary education as Japan.
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.However, due to lack of practice (as well as fear of mispronunciation), many Koreans have little more than a very basic grasp of English phrases in actual conversation.^ More than seventy percent of the minimum wage work force are adults, many of whom rely on a full-time minimum wage job to support their families.
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^ These two countries are among many other countries that have been in tribal war for more than 50 years.
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^ This guy is one of our "best and brightest" economists and he is barely more versed than any practical layman?
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.If you're in a pinch and need someone who speaks English, your best bet would generally be the high school or university students.^ That way, their education can be correctly measured with the English-speaking students.
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^ PatienceOver, Judging by your 'here' comment you are yet another German poster who's living in a dream world.
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^ With much to take into consideration within the next generation, one thing is clear, we need an efficient energy source and an answer to high gas prices.
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.Reading and writing comes much easier however, and often people will be able to read and understand a great deal of English even without any practice with real conversation.^ However, even though Sadaam had nothing to do with 9/11, US public opinion became much more belligerent after the terrorsi attacks.
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^ More cynical people may say it was about securing oil supplies for the west, I can even understand that.
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^ Homeless people are also often targets of violence and abuse, and would be much safer in shelters, where they are also given food and access to services and programs.
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.Nonetheless, travellers can get by in major cities with English only; however it goes without saying that learning basic Korean phrases will enrich your travel experience.^ At least in Russia you say that the state provides some very basic pension and services for those without family support.
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^ However, whether a government or indeed Parliament can declare war without the say so of the head of state is moot because the situation has never arisen.
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^ I however have to say that I do disagree with your assessment on basis that I don't think that Kremlin will put money to develop Russian forest industries.
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A common experience for western travellers in South Korea is to be approached by children interested in practicing their English skills. .They will often take a picture of you, as proof they really talked to you.^ Poverty can mean different things to different people, but if you take a look at the whole picture, you realize that our world really is in poverty.
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^ You really need Stovetop back to talk about cars!
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^ They really do not care about the Iraq War and even less about what you or I think.
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Older folks may also still speak some Japanese. .The city of Busan, being a short trip from Fukuoka in Japan has a larger number of Japanese speakers per capita, and the dialect itself is more similar to Japanese in the same way that the Japanese dialect in Fukuoka also has a large Korean influence.^ In many ways it is similar to what has caused this recession, there was excessive borrowing, (has same effect of printing dollars) causing excessive demand which has inflationary effects and the unfortunate consequences of that.
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^ The Japanese are one of the big winners in this they can use the dollars to buy more hard assets up in the dollar zone or basically the USA. Japan is a Creditor Nation!
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^ This isn’t even considering countries such as Japan and China: in Shanghai, for example, 20 % of the city is over 60 already, and an estimated 100,000 people are expected to become “senior citizens” over the next four years, a number which increases to 170,000 or more per year after 2010 (3).
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.However, many Koreans (especially older ones) still resent the Japanese for the atrocities committed during the occupation, so try not to address a Korean in Japanese unless you have no other choice.^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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^ This issue, combined with a decreasing population in Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, and other countries, has resulted in poverty in many areas, especially in small towns and rural regions.
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^ I would not choose to live in any of those states you mentioned as my first choice but I'd still take them over Europe.
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.Thanks to the "Korean wave" (hallyu) of Korean pop music and soap operas throughout East Asia, many shopkeepers in touristy areas speak some Japanese, Mandarin or Cantonese.^ In cultures across Asia, Europe the middle East and else where drugs are a staple and in some places completely legal.
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^ Like East Asia, this region also must deal with the avian flu, which causes problems for many poor farmers.
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^ Especially in areas such as California and Florida, many native-Spanish speaking people send their children to public schools.
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Buy

The currency of South Korea is the won (₩), written 원 in hangul. .As of December 2009, the exchange rate was approximately 1150 won to the US dollar.^ It is worth hundreds of Billions of dollars and is growing at double digit rates, just because the US is behind does not mean it is not happening in many countries and it is!
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^ At the end of the year US dollar has halved its value, yearly inflation rate is anywhere from 20 - 50% and the GDP drops 10 - 20%.
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You can check the exact rate at XE.com [21]
.Coins come in denominations of ₩10, ₩50, ₩100 and ₩500, while banknotes come in denominations of ₩1000 (blue), ₩5000 (red), ₩10,000 (green) and ₩50,000 (yellow).^ Union College in 1969- $1000.00 Yearly now it is over $50,000 Healthcare Costs have been Rising in Double Digits yearly since the early 1980's.
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₩1 and ₩5 coins, while they exist, are very rare. .The largest bill currently in circulation is only ₩50,000 (US$39, €27), which makes carrying around large sums of currency a bit of a chore.^ I would make starting wages around $80,000 and high-end salaries around $130,000 (depending on the type of education that the teacher got).
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^ The Central Banks have built up large amounts of US dollars over many years, since he Euro was introduced in 1999 more and more people use it around the world and actually there is more Euros in Circulation now then US dollars since 2006 or so.
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^ Dani can't deal with the inherent contradictions in current Bretton Woods setup - in which US Treasury not only wields a Veto on any (fiscal) policy it considers against its national interest, but also decides (with EU) who sits in the policy making body.
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₩100,000 ."checks" are frequently used, and some of the checks go up to ₩10,000,000 in value.^ I would try to make every school's curriculum more like Punahou's in that almost everything you take is going to be useful in some way.
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^ Hapa, you are right to jump on my use of the word "pretending", which has the unfortunate connotation that there is some kind of conspiracy going on.
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^ Ideal Solutions: By Sasha Fuller Drug related arrests have been slowly going up for adults and juveniles over the years, but less people have been using drugs over the years.
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These checks are privately produced (by banks, etc.) which can be used as "c-notes".
.A new series of notes was released in 2006/2007, so expect to see several versions floating around, and be prepared for hassles with vending machines which may not accept the new or old versions.^ What this means (IMHO) is that he doesn't see why a new regulatory regime would be less oppressive and/or irrelevant than the old Washington Consensus regime.
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^ See for instance New Bank Capital Requirements Helped to Spread Credit Woes (David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal, 30 August 2007.
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ATM are ubiquitous, but most Korean ATMs don't accept foreign cards, only special Global ATMs do. .These can be found at airports and some subway stations in major cities, as well as in many Family Mart convenience stores, so stock up before heading to the countryside.^ Who knows if we teach individualism, maybe one of these children will come up with some actual ideas themselves.
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^ Only one major Turbine Company in the US and that is GE, so I should say some of the European Companies with operations here do pay well, sometimes!
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Citibank cashcard holders can withdraw in every Citibank branches(ATM) in South Korea with charge of US$1 and check balance of checking account for free.(Chinese, .English and Korean services are available on ATM.) Credit card acceptance, on the other hand, is very good, and all but the very cheapest restaurants and motels will take Visa and Mastercard.^ Yes it is a very good thing to say 'you should not have done this, that or the other.
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^ On the other hand Ded Moroz is again handy in modern politically correct times, fit for all religions in Russia.
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^ They(eurozone) exported 2.7 Trillion dollars of Goods and Services outside the Eurozone to other countries last year.
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(It is illegal to refuse credit cards unless it's a very small shop)

Costs

.Korea is fairly expensive for an Asian country, though notably still cheaper than Japan.^ Not all Asian countries have the resources for primary education as Japan.
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^ Some Asian countries (Japan, Korea) have followed a mixed policy of protecting domestic markets at home and manufacturing high-value goods for export to the West (mainly USA).
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^ Although in countries like Japan, the main emphasis is on high school and college, primary education still receives substantial attention.
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.A frugal backpacker willing to eat, live and travel Korean-style can squeeze by on under ₩60,000 per day, but if you want top-class hotels and Western food even ₩200,000/day will not suffice.^ Certainly a lot lower than in China where 500 million people live on $2 a day or less and another 200 million live in dire poverty even by Chnese standards.
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^ If you don't want to to put your life or your children's life on the line, you pay for the CAP, you pay for the food security.
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^ I told you, one nice posting per century from me is what you get and you just got yours the other day.
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.Seoul has been particularly expensive in recent years, by some measures even more so than Tokyo, but the current financial crisis has caused a big decline for the Won against the U.S. Dollar and Yen, making South Korea considerably less expensive for American and Japanese tourists.^ It is bigger than the current financial crisis.
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^ More than anyone, even the President.
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^ Are the bonuses paid to the folks at AIG that caused its collapse nothing more than hush money?
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Tipping

.As a rule, tipping is not necessary anywhere in Korea, as is not practised by locals, although bellhops, hotel maids, taxi drivers and bars frequented by Westerners will not reject any tips you care to hand out.^ And while you might not know it regardless of what the "studies" come out with, American medical care is the best money can buy.
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^ Even if what you said is true, I point out that the industrial nations of Western Europe like Russia have declining populations.
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^ Figure out yourself an own "pension", own health care, own someone to take care of you when you can't.
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Shopping

.At certain retail outlets with a "Tax Free Shopping" or a "Tax Refund Shopping" sign, you can obtain a voucher and get a large percentage of your taxes refunded.^ Do you live in a large house with lots of servants at your beck and call, millions in the bank?
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^ Go away to one of your tax havens after your retire from Blackwater or the FBI. And you call the Enviromental Industry some leftist, crazy idea?
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^ You by your birth were given a citizenship that people around the world give up everything they know and have to obtain.
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.When you leave Korea, go to customs and have it stamped then go to the "Global Refund Korea" or "Korea Tax Refund" counters near the duty-free shops.^ Should imports be free of duties and taxes?
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^ Go away to one of your tax havens after your retire from Blackwater or the FBI. And you call the Enviromental Industry some leftist, crazy idea?
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^ Then you could go to a special shop that did have books!!!!
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.However to get a refund you must leave within 3 months of purchase.^ You must start small, and slowly work your way up to the top, for example, by first beginning within your community.
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.Bargaining is common at outdoor markets and applies to everything they may have to offer.^ Sure you'll meet Europeans over here in the USA, they are purchasing everything at bargain prices because of the weak US dollar.
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However stating a monetary amount would be a mistake. .Normally what you would say is ssage juseyo (싸게 주세요).^ Unless you say a word - would continue to sit for hours."
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That means "cheaper, please." Doing this once or twice would suffice. .The drawback is you will rarely be discounted more than a few dollars.^ In this condition we have more freedoms than you do.
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^ You have few times noted about the Finnish education system, but may I ask do you have more sinister motives to praise it?
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^ Sadly none of us could do much more for the national homeless community than raise a couple thousand dollars for donation.
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Refrain from doing this in any indoor venue whether there are price tags or not.
  • Ginseng: Korea is the ginseng (인삼 insam) capital of the world. Thought to have medicinal properties, it is found everywhere in Korea. In addition to ginseng tea and various foods flavored with ginseng, there are even ginseng-based beauty products. .There are many grades of ginseng, with the best grades fetching millions of US dollars in auctions.^ For example, in India, there are 395 million kids and only 62% of them reach grade five in education.² Why is that?
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    .A good place to check out the different types of ginseng include Gyeongdong Herbal Medicine Market in Seoul.
  • Traditional items: Visitors looking for things to bring home can find a wide variety of choices.^ Poverty can mean different things to different people, but if you take a look at the whole picture, you realize that our world really is in poverty.
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    ^ Looks like you live in a quite how to say "ecological" place, booming with things.
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    ^ I don't think that Eliot Spitzer will have any trouble finding the clients with the money to bring civil suits against these good fellows.
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    You can find a blue-jade celadon from the Goryeo Dynasty, handmade traditional costumes, paper kites and ceramic pieces that depict human emotions in their designs at the numerous markets and souvenir shops. .Insadong in Seoul would be the first place to shop around.^ Eurasia, around 800 A.D., was the first place of a functioning world educational system.
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    .After a while one store might start to look like every other store but chances are you'll find what you need.
  • Fashion: Keeping up with the latest trends, shoppers and boutique owners alike flock the streets and markets every weekend.^ You look up - he looks down.
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    ^ A sample letter might look like this.
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    ^ You will never look back and your steering wheel will not buck like a horse.
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    .Centred largely in Seoul with popular places such as Dongdaemun, Mok dong Rodeo Street and Myeong dong, fashion centres can be divided into two large categories; markets and department stores.^ Funny how two such places that seem to be so opposite in the end work the same way :-) .
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    ^ The Press: In Britain this tends to falls (according to those who are supposed to understand these things) into two categories - 'popular and quality'.
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    Markets are affordable and each shop will have trendy similar type clothing that appeal to the masses. .Also, be aware that you cannot try on most tops.^ If you don't believe it, try it and see for yourself :-) Contrary to what you've heard and most people believe, the American system of medical care is not broken, just the system of paying for it.
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    So better to know your size before shopping there. .Though department stores will have areas or floors that have discounted items, they are considered overpriced and catering mostly to an older, wealthier crowd.
  • Antiques: For all things considered antique, such as furniture, calligraphic works, ceramics and books, you can go to Jangangpyeong Antique Market in Seoul.^ That's putting it very mildly when you consider the tremendous and growing needs all around.
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    ^ While Rodrik has some points that are worth considering (particularly regarding the need for humility), he makes no progress at all with regard to practical solutions, while Simon's work does.
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    ^ If you force people to take losses on the payments part of the system, then all hell is going to break loose.
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    .Be careful, as items over 50 years old cannot leave the country.^ If you have worked nearly all your life and are not at retirement age-say 55 years old.Its no secret here if you are over 50 its nearly impossible to get a job.
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    ^ However this 50 year old woman was prosecuted for assaulting the 'polite' German policeman., presumably for lying on the ground with his boot on her chest.
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    .Check with the Art and Antique Assessment Office at 82-32-740-2921.
  • Electronics: They are widely available, especially in larger cities like Seoul and Busan.^ Information such as who is homeless, why and how they became homeless, and what mainstream assistance they receive must be gathered on a "city- or state-wide basis" (1).
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    .Korea has most of the latest gadgets available in most Western countries, and much more.^ US which has much more weaker mobility than western Europe).
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    ^ Without an infrastructure in place, African nations were unable to move their economies forward and as a result, most Westernized nations were uninterested in becoming economically involved with countries in Africa.
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    ^ BTW is more responsible for the situation we're currently in than most other EU countries.
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    .In fact, when it comes to consumer technology, South Korea is probably second only to Japan.^ South Eastern Europe, Japan, and Africa are only a few examples of places that are trying to improve the quality of their special education programs.
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    .However, you would probably have to contend with having the instruction booklets and functions being written in Korean.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs): Korea's greatest contribution to the gaming world.^ I think it would be good for the world if Russia committed a force to Afganistan however i dont think even the moderate afgani's would like that .
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    ^ Otherwise the history gets re-written by every new tsar and you would never know.
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    ^