These are the top 10 weird laws in Kim Jong Un’s North Korea that will make you thankful you weren’t born there.

Ten Craziest Things You Dont Know About Life In North Korea

  1. If you commit a crime, your entire family goes to jail
    When it comes to punishing citizens for misbehavior, North Korea is about as hardline as countries get. Take the case of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle, whom the Supreme Leader had executed in 2013. As part of a government purge by Kim, Uncle Jang was reportedly stripped and fed literally to the dogs.
    For ordinary citizens, things aren’t much easier. If someone commits a crime, for example, they might not be the only ones who go to prison.
    In North Korea, an apparent ‘three generations rule’ means that, if one person is jailed, their entire family might be too.
  2. Sanitary pads and tampons are not available in North KoreaWomen result in using reusable fabrics or cloths. They simply use, wash and reuse again.
  3.  The North Korean diet includes tree bark and grass
    Food shortages in North Korea are so severe, the people occasionally have to resort to desperate measures simply in order to survive. One popular way of making it through the year is to introduce ‘wild foods’ to the diet. Wild foods are just as they sound: if getting hold of store-bought goods isn’t an option, there are foods that North Koreans can simply pick up naturally. Such things as wild grass and poisonous mushrooms and plants have been known to make already-starving North Koreans seriously ill.
  4. Cold noodles are commonly served on wedding days
    It is quite usual for someone on a wedding day to ask: “when can I eat your cold noodles?” which just sounds like a horrible innuendo to us.
    As if there weren’t enough rules, you cannot hold a wedding whenever you fancy in North Korea. They are usually only held in the spring and autumn.
    Korean newlyweds must visit the statue of Kim Il-sung on their wedding day to honour it with flowers and then take pictures. Also you can forget about having a honeymoon. Weddings are also prohibited when Kim has an upcoming important event. People also cannot marry on 15th April or 16th February because these are the birthdays of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.
    On those days you can sit and think about how great your glorious leaders are instead!
  5. You’re only allowed to date someone if you plan on marrying them
    Many things that we take for granted in the West, North Koreans are not allowed to do. This includes things like public displays of affection (including hugging and kissing, even for marries couples,) getting tattoos and having piercings.
    North Korean men expect their brides to be chaste and to have been in no previous marriages. They must also be without child.
    In the DPRK, if a woman gets divorced then it is always her fault and as such, she has very little chance of ever finding another husband. Domestic violence is not frowned upon and many men who abuse their wives will be supported by the government.
    Again, Kim Jong-un gets a free pass to do what he likes with women. Female defectors from the country have described how school girls are pulled out of high school and taught how to become sex slaves and pleasure the notorious leader.
  6. Visiting your family in another village requires a government passVisiting your extended family or friends who reside in another location requires a government pass. As if that is not enough, making international calls and prohibited, there is no internet available to the ordinary citizen, no wifi. North Korea also offers only three television channels for people to choose from and all of them are government-controlled.
  7. North Korea is an atheist country
    There is no official state religion in North Korea and most people are atheists.
    The cult of the Kims uses the Juche philosophy to run the country. It is governed based on the rules of its dead leaders. The country’s calendar actually revolves around their leader’s birth date.
    Some North Koreans do practice their own religions behind closed doors (primarily Buddhism) but if you’re caught then you’ll probably end up paying the harshest penalty.
  8. North Korea is an atheist country
    There is no official state religion in North Korea and most people are atheists.
    The cult of the Kims uses the Juche philosophy to run the country. It is governed based on the rules of its dead leaders. The country’s calendar actually revolves around their leader’s birth date.
    Some North Koreans do practice their own religions behind closed doors (primarily Buddhism) but if you’re caught then you’ll probably end up paying the harshest penalty.
  9. Women use opium-soaked tampons to protect against STDs
    Opium is legal and cheap in North Korea. It comes in handy as a shield against the rampant spreading of STDs.
    Women will soak a cotton ball in a light mixture of water and opium which they will insert and carry like a tampon until the next day. This is because there are no condoms available. One defector has claimed that the government is profiting directly from the opium trade and many local peasants are hooked. Yoon Yong Sol explained that during the famine, “there were some complaints that we should be growing grain, not poppies.
  10. If you commit a crime, your entire family goes to jail
    When it comes to punishing citizens for misbehavior, North Korea is about as hardline as countries get. Take the case of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle, whom the Supreme Leader had executed in 2013. As part of a government purge by Kim, Uncle Jang was reportedly stripped and fed literally to the dogs.
    For ordinary citizens, things aren’t much easier. If someone commits a crime, for example, they might not be the only ones who go to prison.
    In North Korea, an apparent ‘three generations rule’ means that, if one person is jailed, their entire family might be too.
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