What Is The Most Homogeneous Country In The World?

Homogeneous comes from the Creek words homo, which means “same” or “equal”, and genus, which means “race”.

In regard to population, the word homogeneous means of the same race or of common descent. Of all the countries on earth, the nation with the most homogeneous population is Korea.

Both North Korea and South Korea have a population that is 100 percent homogeneous, which means that there are almost no people in Korea that are not Korean.

No other nation has a population that is 100 percent homogeneous, although a few, such as Japan and Portugal, are 99 percent homogeneous.

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8 thoughts on “What Is The Most Homogeneous Country In The World?”

  1. “which means that there are almost no people in Korea that are not Korean.” ALMOST. I do believe the percentage came out uneven and they just rounded it to 100%

  2. South Korea is a highly homogeneous country, but 100%? No way.

    First, there are a LOT of foreign English teachers in Korea (literally everywhere). Granted, they may not have citizenship, but this easily proves that it is BL to say “there are almost no people in Korea that are not Korean.” You want want to first specify “people which hold citizenship”, it would already be more accurate…

    Second, it was recently estimated that nearly 10% of the marriages in the recent years have been with foreign nationals, mainly farmers marrying Southeast Asians or Chinese. Many many such people live in Korea and have citizenship, or are working towards getting it.

    Finally, an important number of foreign “cheap labour” work in Korea, mainly in industrial areas, factories, etc.

    So saying Korea is 100% homogeneous is no 100% true. Korea is a highly industrialized country and getting more and more foreigner-friendly. Great place to live.

  3. you are a korean citizen? if not…you literally don’t count in the statistical analysis of “100% homogeneous”. most foreign nationals are actually chinese of korean descent. “white guys” with korean citizenship is extremely rare…thus negligable…thus “don’t count”. and hanging out in korea for awhile doesn’t count.

  4. Lol you all are complaining about 100% but it is true how many english teachers in Korea obtained citizenship? As far as I know I never met a single one with citizenship….. also in north korea do you see a white guy walking up and down the street on a day to day basis? no….so in fact yes 100% does apply sorry that 1 guy out of millions is not going to drop the percentage…

  5. Yeah 100% isn’t correct but very close.
    Korea is more like 99% Korean but most foreigners are temporary stayers and most foreign passport holders are actually are ethnically Koreans. These half Koreans are ethnically Koreans whether they have Korean fathers or mothers they are still count as Korean, this was why they came up with 100%. 20,000 English teachers only in South Korea and 15% of them are again ethnically Korean and rest are temporary visa holders. Very few foreigners actually became naturalized Korean national. Even if foreigners applies for Korean citizenship they have pass language test and assimilate into Korean meaning they will eventually become Korean. There’s almost no ethnic minority in Korea (both North & South) except for ethnic Chinese but even them are 60~70% ethnic Koreans. Korean government still doesn’t have immigration policy, their policy is simple, import foreigners when needed but they must become Korean. End of story. If you guys have studied Korean history, many foreigners have settled in Korea but their descendants have became Korean. Even if homogeneity becomes 98%, Korea still be No.1 most homogeneous country in the world because Japan and Portugal are not as homogeneous than Koreans even if they wanted to. Japanese aren’t homogeneous, they’re more like 70% Hondo Japanese from Yayoi settlers and 30% Burakumin Japanese from Jomon settlers. Japan have Ainu, Okinawa and Koreans and Chinese as ethnic minority.

  6. Korea isnt homogenous at all. Chinese have been going there for 1000 years, and Koreans have been going to China, and Japan for 1000 years also. Remember that China and Korea had an open border all the way up until the Korean war. This means they go back and forth, bringing back wives. For 5000 years, each time there was a war in north east China, Chinese refugees would flee into Korea, and also vice versa. That’s why millions of Koreans moved to China after the Japanese invasion. Koreans also have a lot of Mongol blood in them due to the Mongol invasions.

  7. Sung Choi, you can’t count these ancient settlers from China as Chinese, also Korea never practiced open borders since 1,600 years ago look at all the border wars between different kingdoms in Korea. Nop no Koreans have Chinese and Mongolian bloods, this was already proven by latest DNA study. Study shows there’s very rare yDNA C3* and Chinese DNA O3d/e existence in Korea. Sure invasions have brought a lot of rapes and killing but can we trace their ancestry is main question. China was under nomadic domination for at least 1,000 years now look at Chinese now at Beijing and Hong Kong, two very different people was created as result of this.

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