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Culture of South Korea

People in South Korea speak the Korean language. The linguistic diversity of South Korea is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for South Korea is 0.0021. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 91.6% of South Korea's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of South Korea. The rate of urbanization in South Korea is considered to be 0.3. According to data on inbound tourists in South Korea, 12,176,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of South Korea is called 'Aegukga', which in English means 'The Patriotic Song'. It was adopted in 1948. The lyrics have been written by An Chang-ho and the music has been composed by Ahn Eak-tae.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in South Korea was opened on 29 March 1988, and it was located in Gangnam District, Seoul. At the moment South Korea has 409 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 8% of the population of South Korea are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of South Korea consume 2.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 25% beer, 1.6% wine, 2.9% distilled spirits, 70.5% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of South Korea is kimchi. Other national dishes include bibimbap, galbi.