October 02, 2022

“Kings of the country”: growing up in North Korea isn’t always as bad as you’d think

Children in the DPRK enjoy more freedom and less mollycoddling from parents than kids in the West

The idea of a happy childhood, and of children being "the only kings of the country," is a core concept in North Korean propaganda.

Official media brags about free school education and afterschool activities, free medical service, school uniform and textbooks distributed by the state, well-organized orphanages, and the absence of corporal punishments in North Korean schools.