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North Korea loosens rules on motorcycle ownership registration

The Ministry of People’s Safety (MPS) recently began permitting North Koreans to register ownership of motorcycles under their own names, Daily NK has learned.  While...

Plant and fruit-based alcohol gain popularity

North Korean food and beverage factories have ramped up production of alcoholic beverages using medicinal plants and fruits, Daily NK has learned.  “There’s a wider...

South Korean medical devices favored over the competition

North Koreans are increasingly purchasing South Korean-made household medical devices, despite the fact they can cost up to 10 times more than Chinese-made devices,...

North Korea orders “simple” Chuseok celebrations

North Koreans are celebrating Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) modestly this year due to continued economic difficulties and an order by the authorities to “celebrate the...

New gas stations putting private sellers out of business 

At least four state-owned gas stations are operating in the Ryanggang Province city of Hyesan and two additional stations are set to open soon,...

Pyongyang factories encourage workplace exemption program

Managers of some Pyongyang-based factories are encouraging their workers to take part in a popular workplace exemption program referred to colloquially as “8.3 Earnings,”...

Expanding unofficial labor market demands regulatory agenda

The number of 8.3 Workers (referring to workers officially employed by state-run factories but who pay fees for permission to engage in other business)...

Marketization key to North Korea’s future prosperity

The North Korean economy has a number of unusual characteristics. Estimates on the average income level of an ordinary North Korean are a paltry...

North Korea Market Prices Update: July 24, 2018

All prices shown in KPW and current as of July 24, 2018. Data: Daily NK

North Korea Market Prices Update: July 17, 2018

All prices shown in KPW and current as of July 17, 2018. Data: Daily NK

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