Life in North Korea is still under a veil of mystery.
Many restrictions apply in this country and one of them is the limited access to the Internet and all kinds of taboos, mobile communication.
Almost nobody uses the Internet.
Internet in North Korea is there, but access to it is severely limited and could be enjoyed only foreigners and party officials. The majority of Koreans available national Internet Site that is completely fenced off from the outside world. However, in the network Kwamen possible even Internet Commerce. For example, the first North Korean online store Okryu.
North Korea has banned Facebook, but created a clone of the social network, which was fully functional and allowed users to register using email.
Smartphones have one out of ten North Koreans.
North Korea has around 3 million subscribers of the mobile network, but modern smartphones have only a few hundred thousand.
The North Koreans can’t make international calls.
The main operator Koryolink North Korea does not allow international calls. For calls to relatives who have left the country, the people use phones and SIM card in China, which is a very risky business.
Desktop PC only for the rich.
The North Koreans do use computers, but they are mostly available to party leaders or students. Also computers available in Internet cafes and schools, although their use is monitored there.
USB stick as a fashion accessory.
PC is so rare that young people living in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, are stick as a fashion accessory.
On computers running an operating system based on Linux.
North Korea has created its own operating system called Red Star Linux. The OS includes a text editor, calendar, and media player. All photos are marked with a watermark.
Their operating system looks like Mac OS.
Cheap Chinese tablets only for the elite.
Tablets have reached North Korea. Chinese tablet Woolim was presented last year to North Korea. There is no Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Despite the fact that in China this tablet is very cheap, in Korea it costs about €250, which is not expensive for many North Koreans.
Televisions are not uncommon.
TV is not unusual in North Korea, as TV broadcast authorities can convey to the people their messages. However, the sets of channels is very limited.
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