February 21, 2024

How North Korea’s electricity supply became one of the world’s worst

How the DPRK went from producing 85% of all electricity in Korea to regular blackouts

One of the most often reproduced images of North Korea is a nighttime photo taken from space. 

Deep darkness covers the whole country, in vivid contrast to its Southern neighbor: even in the sea one can see a floating island of light, produced by fishing boats catching squid. Meanwhile, in North Korea, one can see only a handful of dimly lit spots, the biggest of which is, predictably, Pyongyang.