South Korea

South Korea is located in Eastern Asia in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. 

Climate: Temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter. 

Population: 48,636,068 (July 2010 est.) 

Currency: South Korean won (KRW) 

Exchange Rates: South Korean won (KRW) per US dollar - 1,153.77 (2010), 1,276.93 (2009), 1,101.7 (2008) 

Time Zone: Korea Standard Time (UTC+9) 

Languages: Korean, English widely taught in junior high and high school. 

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  • Long, esteemed history of excellence in science and technology
  • South Korea's science education ranks third best in the world