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Modern Nepal is a federal secular parliamentary republic. It has seven states. Nepal is a developing nation, ranking 144th on the Human Development Index in 2016. The country struggles with the transition from a monarchy to a republic. It also suffers from high levels of hunger and poverty. Despite these challenges, Nepal is making steady progress, with the government declaring its commitment to elevate the nation from least developed country status by 2022. Nepal also has a vast potential to generate hydropower for export.

Languages: Nepali 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5%; note:many in government and business also speak English

 

Ethnic Groups: Chhettri 15.5%, Brahman-Hill 12.5%, Magar 7%, Tharu 6.6%, Tamang 5.5%, Newar 5.4%, Muslim 4.2%, Kami 3.9%, Yadav 3.9%, other 32.7%, unspecified 2.8%

 

Belief Systems: Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2%, Kirant 3.6%, other 0.9%

 

Demographics:

 

Population: 32.1 million people (World Rank: 41st) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 579 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 60th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.69 %/yr (World Rank: 75th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 68.4 years (World Rank: 161st) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 21.3 years (World Rank: 140th) (2010 estimate) Sites for More Information:

 

Map of Nepal
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Nepal

Nepal - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Nepal

Wikipedia Entry for Nepal

Current News in Nepal

Nepal - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Nepal

Nepal - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Nepal

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Nepal 1
from travelnotes.org

 

Traveling to Nepal 2

Events in Nepal

Travel Guide for Nepal
Wikitravel Entry for Nepal

Language Resources:

Nepali alphabet, pronunciation, and language
from omniglot.com

Learn Nepali Online
from mylanguages.org

Government Related:

Embassy of Nepal
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Nepal
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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