North Korea

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th March 2013.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 26 February (WA 304), what are the small number of state-controlled churches and other places of worship in North Korea.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We are aware of four state-controlled churches in Pyongyang-two Protestant, one Catholic and one Russian Orthodox. It is not known how many North Koreans freely attend these churches. Other places of worship in North Korea include a mosque on the Iranian Embassy compound and some Buddhist temples.

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