Ten Reasons Why I Dislike Korea

There are plenty of reasons to like Korea, and there are plenty of reasons to love Korea, but it has to be said there is an equal number of reasons to dislike Korea.

I won’t call them the sunshine press today because I know that they are also prone to sharing the overcast afternoon news and the even more miserable dark November evening where it pisses down for what feels like a week news, but the Korean blogosphere has been up to its naughty tricks again. This time it has started to talk about reasons why Korea is worth loving, or liking…or tolerating…etc. That fellow Roboseyo whom I keep hearing about has the lowdown here.

Anyway, the point I will eventually get to here is that, as lovable and likable as Korea is, it’s also very dislikable. A couple of weeks ago I was going through an awful bout of negativity, and all of these things were really getting me down. I am much happier in myself now (cherry blossoms and long lunchbreaks sunning myself may have helped). Still, I’d like to add some balance to this little scales of positivity being eschewed on ye olde Kinterweb.

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Ireland -v- South Korea

I decided I’d analyse the data out there and give a comparison betweenIreland and Korea. Make your own assumptions.

Korea – The People

Population: 48.75 million punters – Seoul 10 million punters
Nationality: noun – Korean(s)
adjective – Korean
Urbanised: 83%
Median age: 38
Life expectancy: 79
Population growth: 0.23%
Religion:  Christian 26.3% (Protestant 19.7%, Roman Catholic 6.6%), Buddhist 23.2%, other or unknown 1.3%, none 49.3% (1995 census)
Education expeditures: 4.7% of GDP

Ireland – The People

Population:  4.6 million punters – 1.1 million punters
Nationality: noun – Irishman(men),  Irishwoman(women), Irish (collective plural)
adjective – Irish
Urbanised: 62%
Median age: 34
Life expectancy: 80
Population growth: 1%
Religion: Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2% (2006 census)
Education expenditures: 4.9% of GDP Continue reading