February 29, 2024
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: Why does North Korea use such a unique calendar?

"As a young girl, I always thought that referring to the year as the Juche year seemed more elegant"

Every week, we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about.

Today’s question is: I heard that you don’t use the western solar calendar but count the years from the day on which Kim Il Sung was born. Is that true?

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