Provinces of North Korea

Provinces are the first-level division within North Korea. There are 9 provinces in North Korea: Chagang, North Hamgyong, South Hamgyong, North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, Kangwon, North Pyongan, South Pyongan and Ryanggang.

North Korean Provinces
조선민주주의인민공화국의 도 (Korean)
Chosŏnminjujuŭiinmingonghwagukŭi to (Romanized)
CategoryUnitary State
LocationDemocratic People's Republic of Korea
Number9 Provinces
Populations719,269 (Ryanggang Province) – 4,051,696 (South Pyongan)
Areas11,260 km2 (4,346 sq mi) (Kangwon) – 19,000 km2 (7,320 sq mi) (South Hamgyong)
GovernmentSingle-Party Government
SubdivisionsCity, County
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Administrative divisions of North Korea
Provincial level
( to)
Direct-administered city
(직할시 直轄市 chikhalsi)
Special city
(특별시 特別市 t'ŭkpyŏlsi)
Municipal level
Special-level city
(특급시 特級市 t'ŭkkŭpsi)
( si)
( kun)
(구역 區域 kuyŏk)
( ku)
(지구 地區 chigu)
Submunicipal level
( ŭp)
( tong)
( ri)
Workers' District
(로동자구 勞動者區 rodongjagu)


Although the details of local administration have changed dramatically over time, the basic outline of the current three-tiered system was implemented under the reign of Gojong in 1895. A similar system also remains in use in South Korea.

A province (Korean: ; Hanja: ) are the highest-ranked administrative divisions in North Korea. Provinces have equal status to the special cities.

List of provinces

The populations listed for each province are from the 2008 North Korea Census. From this census, there are an additional 702,372 people living in military camps.

NameChosŏn'gŭlHanchaISO PopulationArea
Chagang자강도慈江道KP-04 1,299,83016,76577.5 KanggyeKwanso
North Hamgyong함경북도咸鏡北道KP-09 2,327,36215,980145.6 ChongjinKwanbuk
South Hamgyong함경남도咸鏡南道KP-08 3,066,01318,534165.4 HamhungKwannam
North Hwanghae황해북도黃海北道KP-06 2,113,6728,153.7259.2 SariwonHaeso
South Hwanghae황해남도黃海南道KP-05 2,310,4858,450.3273.4 HaejuHaeso
Kangwon강원도江原道KP-07 1,477,58211,091133.2 WonsanKwandong
North Pyongan평안북도平安北道KP-03 2,728,66212,680.3215.2 SinuijuKwanso
South Pyongan평안남도平安南道KP-02 4,051,69611,890.6340.7 PyongsongKwanso
Ryanggang량강도兩江道KP-10 719,26913,88051.8 HyesanKwannam

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