|Like many other Asian peoples, the Korean, anthropologically, belong to the Tunguses of the Mongolian family; that is, they are descendants of Mongolian Tungus stock. They are a homogeneous ethnic group, living together while speaking one language, Korean. Even though there are several different dialects, they are very similar enough that speakers from different regions have little trouble understanding each other.
In current times, shown in the World Factbook 2002, the population of South Korea is 48.324 million while the population of North Korea is 22.224 million, making a total of above 70 million.
According to the UNFPA's report on the "State of the World Population 2000" dated September, 2000, the population of South Korea will rise to 52.500 million while the population of North Korea will rise to 29.400 million in 2025, making a total of 81.900 million.
The Korean are characterized by their warmth, kindness, and generosity. In addition, they are renowned as enthusiastic, bright, and faithful people in every part of the world. They are also believed as one of the most dilligent and hardest working peoples around the world.