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Provinces of North Korea


Provinces of North Korea

This article is part of a series on the
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)

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.


  • History 1
  • List of provinces 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


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 (, ) are the highest-ranked administrative divisions in North Korea. Provinces have equal status to the special cities.

List of provinces

Name Chosongul Hancha ISO Population Area
Capital Region
Chagang 자강도 慈江道 KP-04 1,299,830 16,765 77.5 Kanggye Kwanso
North Hamgyong 함경북도 咸鏡北道 KP-09 2,327,362 15,980 145.6 Chongjin Kwanbuk
South Hamgyong 함경남도 咸鏡南道 KP-08 3,066,013 18,534 165.4 Hamhung Kwannam
North Hwanghae 황해북도 黃海北道 KP-06 2,113,672 8,153.7 259.2 Sariwon Haeso
South Hwanghae 황해남도 黃海南道 KP-05 2,310,485 8,450.3 273.4 Haeju Haeso
Kangwon 강원도 江原道 KP-07 1,477,582 11,091 133.2 Wonsan Kwandong
North Pyongan 평안북도 平安北道 KP-03 2,728,662 12,680.3 215.2 Sinuiju Kwanso
South Pyongan 평안남도 平安南道 KP-02 4,051,696 11,890.6 340.7 Pyongsong Kwanso
Ryanggang 량강도 兩江道 KP-10 719,269 13,880 51.8 Hyesan Kwannam

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