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Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia and on junction of West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia. It is the fifth-most populous country with a Population exceeding 207.77 million people.

Languages: Punjabi 48%, Sindhi 12%, Siraiki (a Punjabi variant) 10%, Pashtu 8%, Urdu (official) 8%, Balochi 3%, Hindko 2%, Brahui 1%, English (official; lingua franca of Pakistani elite and most government ministries), Burushaski and other 8%


Ethnic Groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun (Pathan) 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhajirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%, other 6.28%


Religion: Muslim 95% (Sunni 75%, Shia 20%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 5%

Population: 186 million people (World Rank: 6th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 626 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 57th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.8 %/yr (World Rank: 68th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 66.6 years (World Rank: 173rd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 21.6 years (World Rank: 138th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Pakistan
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for Pakistan

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

Wikipedia Entry for Pakistan

Current News in Pakistan

Pakistan - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Pakistan

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

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Pakistan 1
from travelnotes.org


Traveling to Pakistan 2

Events in Pakistan

Travel Guide for Pakistan
Wikitravel Entry for Pakistan

Language Resources:

Urdu alphabet, pronunciation, and language
from omniglot.com

Learn Urdu Online
from mylanguages.org

Punjabi alphabet, pronunciation, and language
from omniglot.com

Learn Punjabi Online
from mylanguages.org

Government Related:

Embassy of Pakistan

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

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