Arctic Policy of South Korea (Republic of Korea)



Despite its recent entry into the Arctic arena, South Korea envisages itself as a future Polar leading nation with an official Arctic policy that aims to strengthen international cooperation, scientific research activities, and Arctic business. Supported by the chaebol big business groups, Korea openly expresses its interest in exploring commercial opportunities in the Arctic. Korea attempts to kill many birds with one stone; Korean modern technologies can be used to solve environmental problems in the Arctic while boosting the Korean domestic economy, thereby enhancing Korea’s international profile. Meanwhile, Korea’s ability to swiftly adapt to changing internal and external environments, newly established or adjusted policies and institutions can lack a holistic view on the matter to be tackled, as, for example, tensions over maritime safety policy show.


South Korea Arctic policy Green Growth Non-Arctic Observers Maritime safety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nordic Institute of Asian StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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