The official capital of North Korea is Pyongyang, which is also the country's largest city. Pyongyang serves as the political and industrial capital.
Pyongyang, which in Korean means "flat land," has a population of more than 2 million. It is located on the Taedong River on the western side of the country. Its most famous sites include the Ryugyong Hotel and the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun. The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea describes Pyongyang as a paradise for workers and a model socialist city while United Nations reports suggest that the country's strict government make living and working conditions extremely difficult for most citizens within the city, and even more difficult elsewhere in the country.