February 19, 2020

The historical roots of North Korea’s notoriously-unreliable statistics
From grain cultivation to heavy industry, manipulation of data made numbers larger than reality
“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable,” as Mark Twain once said. It is well-known that North Korea for the last fifty or so years has not been forthcoming with its statistical data, and there have been many discussions about the reliability of the data that is being provided by the state in recent decades.However, the trend is not new, and even between the