This Is How Much Electricity North Korea Has In The Entire Country

It's why the government is promising to increase the country's power supplies by 50 percent by year end

Jun 03, 2015 at 5:04 PM ET

North Korea doesn’t have enough power. Literally.

The amount of electricity the whole country of North Korea uses in a whole year would only be enough to power South Korea’s capital of Seoul for less than four months, the AP reported. So the country is planning on increasing its electricity supply by up to 50 percent under leader Kim Jung-Un.

North Korea’s total electric output per year is, on average, 15 terawatt hours for 24 million citizens. For context, America’s energy output in 2013 was over 4,000 terawatt hours.

What little power North Korea has is also unevenly distributed. One-fifth of North Korea’s power supply is allocated to its military. Most North Koreans have already adapted to the scarce electricity by refusing to not buying electric devices, according to the AP. But the current administration said it is attempting to improve the country’s power grid as part of its campaign to better the quality of life for North Koreans. That means exploring alternate sources of energy like wind and tidal and solar power.

The international community has offered Kim Jong Un energy help if he agrees to get rid of the country’s nuclear weapons program, but he hasn’t accepted.

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