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(韓國人) / 인/(朝鮮人)
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Total population
82.5 million[1]
Regions with significant populations

Template:Country data South Korea      50,423,955 (2014 estimated)[2]
Template:Country data North Korea      25,300,000 (2014 estimated)[3]

Overseas populations as of 2013
23x15px China 2,573,928[4]
23x15px United States 2,091,432[4]
Template:Country data Japan 892,704[4]
23x15px Canada 215,993[4]
23x15px Russia 176,411[4]
23x15px Uzbekistan 173,832[4]
23x15px Australia 156,865[4]
Template:Country data Kazakhstan 105,483[4]
23x15px Philippines 88,102[4]
23x15px Vietnam 86,000[4]
23x15px Brazil 49,511[4]
23x15px United Kingdom 44,749[4]
Template:Country data Indonesia 40,284[4]
23x15px Germany 33,774[4]
23x15px New Zealand 30,527[4]
23x15px Argentina 22,580[4]
23x15px Singapore 20,330[4]
23x15px Thailand 20,000[4]
Template:Country data Kyrgyzstan 18,403[4]
23x15px France 14,000[4]
23x15px Malaysia 14,000[4]
23x15px Ukraine 13,083[4]
23x15px Guatemala 12,918[4]
23x15px Mexico 41,800-51,800
Template:Country data India 10,397[4]
23x15px United Arab Emirates 9,728[4]
23x15px Sweden 7,250[4]
23x15px Saudi Arabia 5,145[4]
23x15px Paraguay 5,126[4]
23x15px Cambodia 4,372[4]
23x15px Taiwan 4,304
23x15px Ecuador 2,000
Korean speakers: 80 million[5]
Plurality: non-religious. Large segments of followers of Korean Christianity, Korean Buddhism, Muism (Korean Shamanism), Cheondoism. Background of Korean Confucianism.[6][7]

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The Korean people (Hangul: 한민족; hanja: 韓民族; alternatively Hangul: 조선민족; hanja: 朝鮮民族, see names of Korea) are a historic people based in the Korean Peninsula and Manchuria.[8] In the last century and a half, the 7 million people of the Korean diaspora have spread along the Pacific Rim, especially to China, Japan and the United States.


See also: Names of Korea

South Koreans refer to themselves as Hanguk-in (Hangul: 한국인), or simply Han-in (Hangul: 한인; literally "great people"), or they refer themselves as Hanguk-saram (Hangul: 한국 사람).

North Koreans refer to themselves as Joseon-in (Hangul: 조선인) or Joseon-saram (Hangul: 조선 사람), both of which literally mean "Joseon people". Using similar words, Koreans in China refer to themselves as Chaoxianzu (Chinese: 朝鲜族) in Chinese or Joseonjok (Hangul: 조선족) in Korean, which are cognates that literally mean "Joseon ethnic group".

Ethnic Koreans living in Central Asia refer to themselves as Koryo-saram (Hangul: 고려 사람; Cyrillic script: Корё сарам), alluding to Goryeo, a Korean dynasty spanning from 918 to 1392.


Linguistic and archaeological studies

Koreans are the descendants of the peoples of Korean Peninsula, often said to be Altaic-speaking[9][10] or proto-Altaic[11] tribes. Archaeological evidence suggests proto-Koreans were migrants from south-central Siberia[12] who populated ancient Korea in successive waves from the Neolithic age to the Bronze Age.[when?][13][citation needed]

The same tomb style is an indication telling who lived there. The largest concentration of dolmen in the world is found on the Korean peninsula. In fact, with an estimated 35,000 dolmen Korea counts for nearly 70% of the world's total. Similar dolmens can be found outside of Korea, in Manchuria, Shandong Peninsula, and Kyushu, yet it is unclear why this culture only flourished so extensively on the Korean peninsula compared to the area of Northeastern Asia.[14]

Genetic studies

Studies of polymorphisms in the human Y-chromosome have so far produced evidence to suggest that the Korean people have a long history as a distinct, mostly endogamous ethnic group, with successive waves of people moving to the peninsula and three major Y-chromosome haplogroups.[15]

Y-DNA haplogroups

Korean males display a high frequency of Haplogroup O2b (P49), a subclade that probably has spread mainly from somewhere in the Korean Peninsula or its vicinity,[16][17] and O3 (M122), a common Y-DNA haplogroup among East Asians in general.[18][19] Haplogroup O2b occurs in approximately 30% (ranging from 20%[20][21][22] to 37%[23]) of all Korean males, while haplogroup O3 has been found in approximately 40% of sampled Korean males.[24][25][26] Korean males also exhibit a moderate frequency (approximately 15%) of Haplogroup C-M217.

Korean males sporadically show Haplogroup D-M174 (0/216 = 0.0% DE-YAP,[26] 1/68 = 1.5% DE-YAP(xE-SRY4064),[21] 8/506 = 1.6% D1b-M55,[16] 3/154 = 1.9% DE,[22] 5/164 = 3.0% D-M174,[27] 1/75 D1b*-P37.1(xD1b1-M116.1) + 2/75 D1b1a-M125(xD1b1a1-P42) = 3/75 = 4.0% D1b-P37.1,[23] 3/45 = 6.7% D-M174[28]), with a mean frequency of about 2%. The D1b-M55 subclade has been found with maximal frequency in a small sample (n=16) of the Ainu of Japan, and is generally frequent throughout the Japanese Archipelago.[29] Other haplogroups that have been found less commonly in samples of Korean males are Y-DNA N (approx. 4%), O1 (approx. 3%), O2(xO2b) (approx. 2%), Q and R (approx. 2% total), J, Y*(xA, C, DE, J, K), L, C-RPS4Y(xM105, M38, M217), and C-M105.[16][21][30]

mtDNA haplogroups

Studies of Korean mitochondrial DNA lineages have shown that there is a high frequency of Haplogroup D4, ranging from approximately 23% (11/48) among ethnic Koreans in Arun Banner, Inner Mongolia[31] to approximately 32% (33/103) among Koreans from South Korea.[32][33] Haplogroup D4 is the modal mtDNA haplogroup among Koreans and among Northeast Asians in general. Haplogroup B, which occurs very frequently in many populations of Southeast Asia, Polynesia, and the Americas, is found in approximately 10% (5/48 ethnic Koreans from Arun Banner, Inner Mongolia) to 20% (21/103 Koreans from South Korea) of Koreans.[22][31][33] Haplogroup A has been detected in approximately 7% (7/103 Koreans from South Korea) to 15% (7/48 ethnic Koreans from Arun Banner, Inner Mongolia) of Koreans.[31][33][34] Haplogroup A is the most common mtDNA haplogroup among the Chukchi, Eskimo, Na-Dene, and many Amerind ethnic groups of North and Central America.

The other half of the Korean mtDNA pool consists of an assortment of various haplogroups, each found with relatively low frequency, such as G, N9, Y, F, D5, M7, M8, M9, M10, M11, R11, C, and Z.[22]

Autosomal studies

Koreans are generally considered a Northeast Asian group, thought to be related to Altaic-language-speaking populations. However, recent findings have indicated that the peopling of Korea might have been more complex, involving dual origins from both southern and northern parts of East Asia. To understand the male lineage history of Korea, more data from informative genetic markers from Korea and its surrounding regions are necessary. In this study, 25 Y-chromosome single nucleotide polymorphism markers and 17 Y-chromosome short tandem repeat (Y-STR) loci were genotyped in 1,108 males from several populations in East Asia. [35]


North Korea and South Korea share a common heritage, but the political division since 1945 has resulted in some divergence of modern culture.


Main articles: Korean language and Hangul

The language of the Korean people is the Korean language, which uses Hangul as its main writing system. There are more than 78 million speakers of the Korean language worldwide.[36]

North Korean data

Estimating the size, growth rate, sex ratio, and age structure of North Korea's population has been extremely difficult. Until release of official data in 1989, the 1963 edition of the North Korea Central Yearbook was the last official publication to disclose population figures. After 1963 demographers used varying methods to estimate the population. They either totaled the number of delegates elected to the Supreme People's Assembly (each delegate representing 50,000 people before 1962 and 30,000 people afterward) or relied on official statements that a certain number of persons, or percentage of the population, was engaged in a particular activity. Thus, on the basis of remarks made by President Kim Il Sung in 1977 concerning school attendance, the population that year was calculated at 17.2 million persons. During the 1980s, health statistics, including life expectancy and causes of mortality, were gradually made available to the outside world.

In 1989 the Central Statistics Bureau released demographic data to the United Nations Population Fund in order to secure the UNFPA's assistance in holding North Korea's first nationwide census since the establishment of the state in 1948. Although the figures given to the United Nations might have been distorted, it appears that in line with other attempts to open itself to the outside world, the North Korean regime has also opened somewhat in the demographic realm. Although the country lacks trained demographers, accurate data on household registration, migration, and births and deaths are available to North Korean authorities. According to the United States scholar Nicholas Eberstadt and demographer Brian Ko, vital statistics and personal information on residents are kept by agencies on the ri ("village", the local administrative unit) level in rural areas and the dong ("district" or "block") level in urban areas.

Korean diaspora

Main article: Korean diaspora

Large-scale emigration from Korea began as early as the mid-1860s, mainly into the Russian Far East and Northeast China or what was historically known as Manchuria; these populations would later grow to nearly three million Koreans in China and several hundred thousand Koryo-saram (ethnic Koreans in Central Asia).[37][38] During the Korea under Japanese rule of 1910–1945, Koreans were often recruited and or forced into labour service to work in mainland Japan, Karafuto Prefecture, and Manchukuo; the ones who chose to remain in Japan at the end of the war became known as Zainichi Koreans, while the roughly 40 thousand who were trapped in Karafuto after the Soviet invasion are typically referred to as Sakhalin Koreans.[39][40]

Korean emigration to America was known to have begun as early as 1903, but the Korean American community did not grow to a significant size until after the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965; as of 2010, excluding the undocumented and uncounted, roughly 1.7 million Koreans emigrants and people of Korean descent live in the United States according the official figure by the US Census.[41] A realistic figure is probably well over 2 million.

The Greater Los Angeles Area and New York metropolitan area in the United States contain the largest populations of ethnic Koreans outside of Korea or China. Significant Korean populations are present in China, Japan, and Canada as well. There are also Korean communities in Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. During the 1990s and 2000s, the number of Koreans in the Philippines and Koreans in Vietnam have also grown significantly.[42][43] Koreans in the United Kingdom now form Western Europe's largest Korean community, albeit still relatively small; Koreans in Germany used to outnumber those in the UK until the late 1990s. In Australia the Korean Australian community comprise a modest minority. Koreans have migrated significantly since the 1960s. Now they form an integral part in society especially in Business, Education and Cultural areas.

The Korean population in the United States is a small share of the US economy, but it has a disproportionately favorable impact. Korean Americans have a savings rate double that of the average American and also graduate from college at a rate double that of the average American, providing a highly skilled and educated addition to the U.S. workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Census 2000 data, mean household earnings for Koreans in the U.S. were $59,981, approximately 5.1% higher than the U.S. average of $56,604.[44]


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