It wasn’t so long ago when we celebrated the new 2014. However, while we think we’re almost in the middle of the 2010s, the North Koreans are still living in the year of 103.
Ever since 1997 people in North Korea have been using the so-called Juche Calendar, according to which this year’s has to be the 103rd one. The calendar was first introduced 3 years after Kim II Sung’s death. The calendar’s numbering system uses Sung’s birthdate as year 1. This means that North Koreans see 1912 as “Juche 1”. There’s no year 0 in the Juche Calendar, but it still uses the same numbering system for days, weeks and months as the Gregorian one.
In order to calculate the Juche years you need to subtract 1911 from the Gregorian years. Hence, for North Koreans the year 2014 equals the year 103.