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South Korea Investing Guide

South Korea Investing Guide

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A guide to investing within South Korea (focus on shipbuilding industry).
A guide to investing within South Korea (focus on shipbuilding industry).

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Published by: blockeisu on Apr 30, 2010
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International Business Project
South Korea
 November 2008
South Korea
When looking to invest in a foreign country there are many aspects to consider. Acountries history, political framework, cultural uniqueness, financial environment, as wellas, other risk factors can influence investments and be the deciding factor that makes aninvestment profitable or not. The country we decided to take a closer look at was SouthKorea, also known as the Republic of Korea. With all the industries to choose from theindustry that intrigued us the most was shipbuilding, since South Korea is ranked #2industry wide. Shipbuilding involves both the architecture of the ship and themanufacturing of it. As already mentioned South Korea is an industry leader with over $$$ sales in 2007. Based on this alone it is very impressive, but other risk factors neededto be considered. Throughout the entirety of this paper these risk factors will beevaluated and a quantitative model will also be included to explain our answer to thequestion, “Would you invest in this country?”
Section 1
Social and Cultural Environment 
Section 1 includes an in depth evaluation of South Korea’s social and culturalenvironments. A person’s social environment includes their living and workingconditions, income level, educational background, and the communities they are partof. First off, South Korea is located in eastern Asia and is on the southern half of theKorean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea. The surroundingwaters have played an integral role in the lives of the Koreans since ancient times,contributing to the early development of shipbuilding and navigational skills. Duringcertain times of the year the surrounding waters give threat of typhoons, but for the most part the climate is temperate with rainfall heavier in the summer than in the winter. Other environmental threats consist of air pollution in large cities, occasional acid rain, andwater pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents. The land itself isconsidered to be 45% cultivatable with 2/3 of the country being mountainous with naturalresources consisting of coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, and lead.As for the Korean population, they are one of the most ethnically andlinguistically homogenous countries in the world. According to an estimate in July of 2008, the population totaled 48,379,392. In particular the median age for males is 35.5years and for females is 37.9. South Korea is also experiencing a growth rate of 0.269%in 2008. Throughout the country the population is Korean dominated with a smallChinese population of about 20,000. Korean is the primary language of the country, butEnglish in addition to a little bit of Chinese is taught as a second tongue. In recent times,

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