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10 things we do every day that are illegal in North Korea

Well count yourself lucky you can at least have a drink with your mates, watch Netflix when you’re feeling lazy and blast some Bieber in your bedroom – because all of these are illegal in North Korea. Here are ten every day things that’ll get you in trouble in the state-run country.

1. Drinking alcohol

In 2013 a North Korean military officer was executed for disrespecting late Kim Jong-il by drinking alcohol during the 100-day mourning period.

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2. Watching TV

Last year North Korea reportedly publicly executed 80 people for watching South Korean television shows. Authorities forced some 10,000 people, including children, to watch the execution.

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3. Driving

Only state officials are allowed to own a car. It is estimated that only one in every 100 people in North Korea own a car.

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4. Playing music

No Taylor Swift for these guys, unless she’s singing about how great Kim Jong-un is.

 

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5. Keeping in touch with people abroad

Making a call to someone outside North Korea will get you killed.. In 2007 a man was gunned down inside a stadium for making numerous international calls. Six people were also crushed to death in stampede after the execution.

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6. Having an opinion

None of that. Anyone caught criticising the regime is sent to an educational camp

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7. Leaving the country

Don’t even think about a cheeky holiday to South Korea. You’ll be hunted down.

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8. Believing in religion

North Korea claims to offer religious freedom but a Christian woman accused of distributing the Bible was publicly executed for the crime.

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9. Watching porn

Viewing or selling pornography is punishable by death

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10. Going online

North Korea doesn’t have the world wide web, rather a portal to state-run propaganda.

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