In Pictures: The 'good' life in North Korea
North Korea is a reclusive state but Al Jazeera was granted access to portray daily life in the Northeast Asian nation.
Miguel Toran and Nicole Salazar Last updated: 20 Oct 2014 06:29
Pyongyang,North Korea -A few years ago it was difficult to find any goods, never mind foreign ones,in North Korea - one of the poorest countries in East Asia. But that isn't thecase anymore.
Nowproducts from all over the world are widely available in small shops in North Korea's capital and othermajor cities, including Swisschocolates, bags of Dorito chips, German sausages,Coca-Cola - even fine Italian wine.Some luxury items have been restricted by UNsanctions, but North Korea still manages to import them through undergroundchannels. Chinese brokers act as middlemen between North Korean tradingfirms and China-based companies, ensuring a continuous flow of goods andequipment into the largely impoverished country.
A middleclass in a nation officially without class structure continues to grow whilepossessing increased spending power. That said, the majority ofNorth Koreans still rely heavily on international aid in order tosurvive.
现在，朝鲜的首都和其他大城市中的小卖店摆满了来自世界各地的商品，包括有瑞士巧克力，多力多滋薯片，德国香肠，可口可乐，甚至还有意大利葡萄酒。朝鲜由于 受联合国制裁一些奢侈品已被禁运，但它仍通过多种地下渠道去设法进口这些产品。中国人充当了北朝鲜和中国公司之间贸易代理人的角色，保证了商品和设备持续 不断地进入这个还是相当贫困的国家。
A man buys groceries made in China at astore in Pyongyang.
Two North Korean men enjoy a dinner at arestaurant during a power outage
A man takes a picture with an smartphoneduring a dance performance.
A man eats an icecream while waiting forhis turn on an amusement park ride.
Soldiers looking at pictures taken with adigital camera.