Remittances from those working abroad make up a key part of the country’s economy.
A market provides a microcosm of part-time, seasonal or informal employment.
State oppression is combined with indifference from local human rights groups.
The country’s recent parliamentary elections show process of tentative change is real.
Conservative values and censorship means that artists and performers are tightly regulated.
Hopes for hi-tech entrepreneurship as an emerging market.
Activists say that public awareness of humane treatment is growing.
Language and education could be key to improving relations.
Previously-banned websites are unblocked, but experts still urge caution.
Despite country's huge energy resources, many citizens rely on coal and firewood in wintertime.