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Map of North Korea

Key Facts

Top medal sports
(pre-2012)

Capital

Pyongyang

Population

23,900,000

Size

122,762km²

Languages

  • Korean

North Korea profile on BBC News

Records

Medals

London 2012
Gold Silver Bronze
4 0 2
Beijing 2008
Gold Silver Bronze
2 1 3
Athens 2004
Gold Silver Bronze
0 4 1
North and South Korea's players shake hands

Koreas clash in team table tennis

South Korea come from behind to defeat North Korea 3-1 in the first round of the 2012 Olympics men's team table tennis competition.

4 Aug 12

Great Britain table tennis players Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley GB men and women out in round one

Women's Team

3 Aug 12

Great Britain's women lose to North Korea while the men are beaten by Portugal in the table tennis team event.

USA's Abby Wambach USA 1-0 North Korea

Women's Football

31 Jul 12

Defending champions USA defeat North Korea 1-0 to clinch a quarter-final spot in the women's football tournament at London 2012.

North Korea's Kim Un Guk Guk wins 62kg weightlifting event

Men's 62kg

30 Jul 12

North Korea claim their third gold medal at London 2012 as Kim Un Guk triumphs in the men's 62kg weightlifting.

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North Korea at the Olympics

20 London 2012 ranking

34 Beijing 2008 ranking

1972 First Olympic appearance

Top Medal Sports at London 2012

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Rank
Weightlifting 3 0 1 RANK 3
Judo 1 0 0 RANK 8
Wrestling 0 0 1 RANK 22
View the London 2012 medal table for North Korea