Location: Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea, south of North Korea
Population: 45.6 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Seoul
Comparative area: Slightly larger than Indiana
Religions:Christianity 48.6%, Buddhism 47.4%, Confucianism 3%, pervasive folk religion (Shamanism), Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way) 0.2%
Landscape: Mostly hills and mountains; wide coastal plains in west and south
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1947