Key Figures

Chief of State:
Supreme People's Assembly President Choe Ryong-hae
Head of Government:
State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong Un


Government Name:
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Adopted: 1942; Last amended in 2012. Establishes status as a socialist state and defined as a dictatorship of people's democracy. People have civil and political rights but they are superseded by safeguarding the political and ideological unity of the people.
Government Type:
Communist State under Totalitarian Dictatorship.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea Flag
Coat of Arms of Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2023)

Country Risk Rating

There is no Country Risk Rating for North Korea

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

The Cabinet is the administrative and executive body of the highest organ of state power and a general state management organ.

No credible election process.

Until dismissal by the Chief of State.


The judiciary does not practice judicial review. The security forces so often interfere with the actions of the judiciary that the conclusion of most cases is foregone. Experts outside North Korea and numerous defectors confirm this to be a widespread problem.

Elections in North Korea are non-competitive and have only single candidate races.

5 years


The Supreme People's Assembly always passes all proposals by the government into law during its sessions with almost no debate or modification.

Elections in North Korea are non-competitive and have only single candidate races.

5 years

Regional Trade Blocs

No Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
Information not available


  1. ElectionGuide
  2. EY,
  3. CIA World Factbook,
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets