December 04, 2022
Ask A North Korean

Ask a North Korean: Do you use Korean age in North Korea too?

'If I give my Korean age during the official interview with public servants, I will be scolded'

Today’s question is: In Korea, people are 1 or 2 years older than they would normally be in other countries. Do you use Korean age in North Korea, too?

We use both Korean age and international age in North Korea. When you ask ordinary North Koreans how old they are, they will give you their Korean age. But, the Party and public servants will tell you their international age.