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South Korea
(Republic of Korea - ROK)

Use the tabs below to find online resources about South Korea from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.

  • Country Profiles
  • Official Government
  • Articles and Databases
  • Diplomacy and Aid
  • Health
  • Military and Peacekeeping
  • Search Chinook
  • Related Guides
APEC Individual Action Plan - Republic of Korea
Report updated annually by each Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Member Economy recording its actions that help realize the APEC goal.

Australian Government - Republic of Korea

Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

BBC News Profile - South Korea

A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - South Korea
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Republic of Korea
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Republic of Korea
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Republic of Korea
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Republic of Korea

Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

IMF - Republic of Korea
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

ITC - Republic of Korea

Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Library of Congress Country Study - South Korea

This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

OECD - South Korea
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

OHCHR - Republic of Korea
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Republic of Korea
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - South Korea
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata - Republic of Korea
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Republic of Korea
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Korea

Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - South Korea

Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: South Korea
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Constitutional Court of Korea
Provides information on the history, organization, justices, jurisdiction, procedure, Judgment Benches & parties, decisions, and case statistics.

Korea Legislation Research Institute
This government-financed think tank works to support and disseminate national legislative policies.

Korea National Statistical Office
Provides statistics and publications on population, economy, society, business, wholesale, price, and agriculture.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Ministry of Health and Welfare

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Knowledge Economy

Ministry of Labor

Ministry of National Defense

Ministry of Public Administration and Security

Ministry of Strategy and Finacne

National Assembly of the Republic of Korea

Provides information on the organization, activities, powers, and history of the National Assembly.

Office of President, Republic of Korea

The Republic of Korea Official Website
This portal provides information and links on the geography, people & language, history, the presidency, the government, Korean international relations, business & economy, society, culture, arts, tourism, and events & sports.
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "South Korea" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares short reports on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Korea" "South Korea," or "Republic of Korea" as the search terms.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to South Korea.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "South Korea" as the search term.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - South Korea
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

OECD iLibrary CU
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.

Statistical Database System (SDBS) Online
SDBS is the the Asian Development Bank's central statistical database that stores macro-economic and social data of its developing member countries.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - South Korea
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with South Korea.

World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
Delegation of the European Commission to the Republic of Korea
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America
Diplomatic representation of ROK in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Seoul, Korea

Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in South Korea.

EU's Relations with the Republic of Korea

Overview, country strategy, EU support, and documents on the European Union's relations with the ROK.

Group of Twenty (G-20)
The G-20 is a group of 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union. The G-20 is an informal forum that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability.

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
Website of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Republic of Korea

ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select "Korea, Republic of" from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Republic of Korea
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Republic of Korea

Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - South Korea
U.S.-South Korean relations, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, and country background notes.

World Bank - Republic of Korea

World Bank data, projects, and research in South Korea.

World Trade Organization - Republic of Korea
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

WHO - Republic of Korea

Information and statistics on the status of public health in Republic of Korea from the World Health Organization (WHO).
South Korea Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

National Archives - Korean War Records
Record holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) relating to the Korean War.

NTI - South Korea Profile
Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty's goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.

South Korea: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on South Korea.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
South Korea and econom* South Korea and econom*
South Korea and histor* South Korea and histor*
South Korea and politic* South Korea and politic*
South Korea
(government publications only)
South Korea
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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