Tap water safety in North Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต

๐Ÿ‘Ž In general, the water in North Korea is not safe to drink.

World Health Organization (WHO)

According to the WHO, tap water is safe for consumption for 74% of the country.

There is a divide between rural and urban areas, tap water is safe to drink in 89% of urban areas, while it's only safe to drink in 50% of rural areas.

Lonely Planet

It is not recommended to drink tap water in North Korea. Bottled water is available at all hotels.

Centers for disease control and prevention (CDC)

According to the CDC tap water is generally not safe for consumption.


According to the Numbeo water drinkability and accessibility index, tap water has a score of 33.33 / 100 (100 being best).

Numbeo considers this score to be "Low"

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