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According to this article in Wikipedia:

North Korea is almost completely isolated from the rest of the world and, while there is a public telephone network, there is no broadband data network. According to one report released in 2009, many North Koreans had never heard of the Internet.

Is there any data available indicating whether anyone is connecting to one of the Stack Exchange sites with an IP address from North Korea?

(Using this query I could find two users who claim that they are from North Korea, but that's not very conclusive.)

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Nice try, North Korean Government. – user149432 Mar 15 '12 at 21:16
I certainly hope no mod/dev will make public that info for specific users. – Mat Mar 15 '12 at 21:17
What @Mat said, but I would be interested in the raw numbers – Adam Rackis Mar 15 '12 at 21:18
The interwebs in North Korea are weird - you can only connect when there is a double rainbow in the sky. I don't understand why, that's just the way it is. – slugster Mar 15 '12 at 21:31
This guy looks pretty North Korean to me. – bkaid Mar 15 '12 at 21:35
Who whoa WHOA!!! This is Wikipedia. Did you read the citation for that line? Apparently "Song-hee had only practiced moving her fingers on the keyboard. She had never heard of the Internet." somehow becomes equivalent to "According to one report released in 2009, many North Koreans had never heard of the Internet"... – animuson Mar 15 '12 at 21:45
It's pretty easy to answer it: It is one more than you would think, and a thousand less than they should be. :) – kiamlaluno Mar 15 '12 at 21:52
...and furthermore, what are their questions, compared to others? Any anomalous questions? – Adel Mar 16 '12 at 5:43
I thought North Korean Government prefer to make connections...with nukes – prusswan Mar 16 '12 at 8:09
up vote 18 down vote accepted

According to Google Analytics we had a couple dozen daily visits between July and October 2011, but then the number dropped to zero and we haven't had a visit from that country since October 25th.


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I almost feel like they're reaching out with SOS messages with that tongue-in-cheek pigeon IP. Man I hope one day everyone has Internet.... – Adel Mar 16 '12 at 5:38
did some poor guy get executed for transgressions? – prusswan Mar 16 '12 at 8:10
Isn't it odd that Quantcast feels different? (And in general, Google tends to show larger figures than Quantcast does?) – Arjan Mar 16 '12 at 8:42
It's possible that those numbers are just a measurement error. The IP->Country lookup tables aren't perfect. I had a website where most of my "Australian" users were actually (South) Koreans. – CodesInChaos Mar 16 '12 at 9:32
Or, any chance Google is being blocked in North Korea? (@CodeInChaos) – Arjan Mar 16 '12 at 9:38
The way the graph zeroes out abruptly has such a dramatic feeling to it. – Camilo Martin Apr 1 '12 at 14:00
@Camilo, then let's hope it's indeed about blocking Google Analytics instead. I'd even block Analytics if I were a big company with trade secrets. Imagine how a country that thinks the US is an enemy in every possible respect, feels about a US company tracking web visits on many websites? – Arjan Apr 9 '12 at 7:55
@Arjan Yes, indeed blocking Google Analytics seems likely. Maybe the guy who blocked Google Analytics had to look up how to do it in Stack Overflow? (I really feel sad for smart people on such a country). – Camilo Martin Apr 9 '12 at 20:04

Quantcast says, for Stack Overflow: about 432 per month (out of 14.9 million in total).

For SE wide details, you'll need to add the country code KP to the URL manually, as it's not listed otherwise.

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Those will be the scientists and engineers working on the country's nuclear program googling for results and ending up at SO. I hope they're up voting the good answers. – slugster Mar 15 '12 at 23:40
That may very well be true, but somehow Quantcast thinks a few of them are less than 18 years old. – Arjan Mar 15 '12 at 23:49
@Arjan - What's hard to believe there? Kids program at 12, 13 , etc – Adel Mar 16 '12 at 5:50
Sure, @Adel, but even in North Korea, I'd somehow doubt those would be working in a nuclear plant, like slugster suggested? – Arjan Mar 16 '12 at 8:43
I started programming at 11 :P – Benny Mar 16 '12 at 10:14
And at what age did you start working in a nuclear plant, @Benny? ;-) – Arjan Mar 16 '12 at 10:19
@Arjan Ever since I spent all of my pocket money on one – Benny Mar 16 '12 at 10:20

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