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Nepal General Info
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Area

147,181 sq kilometres or 56,827 sq miles.

Population

22,904,000 (latest official estimate 2000).

Population Density

157.7 per sq kilometre (est. 2001).

Capital

Kathmandu. Population: 1,093,414 (est. 2001).

Geography

Nepal is a landlocked kingdom that shares borders with Tibet to the north and northwest, and India to the west, south and east. Nepal is divided into 5 regions which are the Himalayas, the Mahabharat Lekh, the Midlands or Pahar, the Siwaliks and the Terai.

The best area of Nepal sits on the southern part of the Himalayas, stretching down from the highest summit through hilly country to the upper fringe of the Ganges Plain. The mountainous central region is crossed by the Lower Himalayas where there are 8 of the highest summits in the world, leading up to Mount Everest. Wildlife in the country includes leopards, tigers, gaur, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and deers.

Government

Constitutional monarchy.

Head of State : King Maharajadhira Gyanendra since 2001.

Head of Government : Vacant

Language

Nepali is the official language; however, many other languages which include Maithili and Bhojpuri are spoken. English is spoken in business areas and by people in the tourism trade.

Religion

Mostly Hindu and Buddhist and a small Muslim minority.

Time

GMT + 5.45.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. There are frequent black outs.
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