Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to North Korea?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to North Korea. In North Korea, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

North Korea und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: North Korea
North Korea
COutlets of type COutlets
220 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About North Korea

Flag: About North Korea

North Korea is a country in Asia (Eastern Asia) with about 25 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 121 000 km². The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang (4.1 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Korean.

The neighbors of North Korea are China, South Korea and Russia.

TLD: .kpCurrency: KPWCountry calling code: +850Country Code : KP
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in North Korea?

North Korea uses power outlets of type C. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in North Korea.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in North Korea?

The voltage in North Korea is 220 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in North Korea, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in North Korea?

The utility frequency in North Korea is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in North Korea, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in North Korea, you should not use the device!