The Republic of Korea (South Korea) occupying the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula in East Asia, covers an area of 99 000 km2. It is about 965 km long and about 217 km wide; it is bordered on the north by North Korea, on the east by the East Sea (Sea of Japan), on the south by the Korean Strait, and on the west by the Yellow Sea. As one of the most densely populated countries of Asia, it had a population estimated in 1991 at 43.5 million.
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