Every week, we ask a North Korean your questions, giving you the chance to learn more about the country we know so little about.
Today’s question is: How do women choose husbands in North Korea? There are some people who get married at the age of eighteen – right after graduation from high school.
In some cultures and communities, cousin marriage is considered ideal and actively encouraged; in others, it is subject to social stigma.
Cousin marriage is common in the Middle East, for instance, where it accounts for over half of all marriages in some countries.
But she would often tell me in a frustrated tone that she found it difficult having to socialize with wives of other military officers.
Military service isn’t mandatory for women in North Korea.
There’s a lot of societal pressure on what’s considered normal in the dating and marriage world, so we decided to conduct a survey to find out what’s really going on.
As they get married at such an early age, they often have a hard time adjusting to their marriage.
I had a female friend who got married at the age of eighteen, immediately after graduating from high school. She often fumbled with household chores and was under immense stress and pressure. In most homes, women’s daily life begins with preparing breakfast for their husbands in the morning.
Marriage is not for the individual but rather for the desire of the family.
If one decides to get married, they must get consent from the whole family.