Traffic jams are still not an issue in the capital of the communist state but the fact that the city council had to deploy traffic police in itself a worrisome development.
Grocery stores selling western products are also getting more numerous in the city as the ever growing middle class demands better services write MTI.
The purchasing power of North Korea's middle class is growing fast, which indicates that major changes are underway in the country that would have been unimaginable even a few years ago explained an expert of Liberty for North Korea non-governmental organization.
The capital has four taxi companies and calling a cab is not a challenge anymore, since an increasing number of citizens own mobile phones.
The "infiltration" of capitalism in the East Asian country is linked to several infrastructural developments. Recently, the government opened a new airport, financed the construction of several high-rise buildings, a researcher center, and even a dolphinarium.
Despite the emergence of a new economic elite, a significant portion of the population still can't afford the "luxurious" lifestyle.
A North Korean factory worker makes 20 thousand von a month, (about US 200); while civil servants' monthly salaries ranging from 10 and 60 thousand von (about 35 to 600 dollars) according to a book published by North Korea Confidential.
(alfahir.hu – hungarianambiance.com)