If you’re lucky enough to be moving to the Himalayas or you have friends or family that live on the shores of the Ganges, take a look at these 23 facts about Nepal and impress the locals with your extensive knowledge!
- Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia.
- It is bordered by China to the north and India to the east, south and west.
- To land yourself in the mystical beauty of the Himalayas or the broad plains of the Ganges, head for the coordinates 26.5333° N, 86.7333°
- The terrain here features the stunning flat river plains of the Ganges in the south; the centre of the country is hilly, whilst the north boasts the rugged Himalayan mountains!
- The total land area of Nepal is 56,827 square miles (147,181 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than England.
- Nepal’s population was 31,551,305 in 2015…
- …that’s just less than 2/3 the population of England.
- Although there is no official name for residents of Nepal, they are known as either Nepali (both singular and plural) or Nepalese.
- The capital is Kathmandu; it covers an area of 19 square miles (50 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,183,000 in 2015.
- The Nepalese enjoy subtropical summers and mild winters in the south, whilst the north of the country experiences cool summers and severe winters!
- Nepal boasts the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
- In fact, Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s highest mountain peaks!
- It’s possible to witness a plethora of wildlife in Nepal, including the Asiatic Rhino, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Crocodile, Sambar Deer, Leopards, Tigers and over 800 species of birdlife!
- The official languages of Nepal are Nepali and English, although a total of 123 languages are spoken in this majestic country!
- Nepalese Rupee is the official currency here.
- The average life span here is 59 years.
- The Nepalese flag is the only flag in the world that isn’t quadrilateral (meaning it’s not a rectangle)!
- Since 1815 Nepalese Gurkha soldiers have been an integral part of the British Army!
- Nepal grows rice, wheat, corn and sugarcane; they also rear cattle and produce milk.
- Its industry consists of tourism, textiles, carpets, jute, sugar, rice, cigarettes and the production of cement and bricks.
- Nepal exports clothing, carpets, leather goods, grain and jute goods.
- If you’re planning on scaling Mount Everest or exploring the Ganges, your friends and family will like to know they can make cheap calls to Nepal with Cherry Call – don’t forget to use the international dialling code of 00977.
For all the latest Nepali news, head over to the Nepali Times website.