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9 mind-blowing facts about North Korea's economy

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      North
    Korea is a secretive nation of 25 million people led by Kim
    Jong Un.
  
  
    Its isolationist policies have hurt the country's
    economy, but we don't know the depth of its struggles because
    North Korea doesn't release detailed data.
  
  
    Here are nine mind-blowing facts about North Korea's
    economy.
  
  
    
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  North
  Korea is one of the most secretive nations in the
  world.

  The dictatorship of 25 million
  people has been ruled by the Kim dynasty for more than 70
  years.

  North Korea's economy has
  struggled because of its isolationist policies, yet the exact
  extremes of the country's hardships are unknown, as the nation
  doesn't release detailed data.

  We do know it's a nation where
  the average worker takes home less than $2,000 a year, much of
  the population is undernourished, and citizens pay upwards of
  $17,000 to defect.

  Here are nine surprising facts
  about North Korea's economy:

North Korea is one of the most secretive nations in the world.

The dictatorship of 25 million people has been ruled by the Kim dynasty for more than 70 years.

North Korea's economy has struggled because of its isolationist policies, yet the exact extremes of the country's hardships are unknown, as the nation doesn't release detailed data.

We do know it's a nation where the average worker takes home less than $2,000 a year, much of the population is undernourished and citizens pay upward of $17,000 to defect.

Click ahead for nine surprising facts about North Korea's economy.

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