23 Noteworthy Facts About Nepal

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!

Geographical stats…

  1. Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia.
  2. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the east, south and west.
  3. 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°
  4. 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!
  5. The total land area of Nepal is 56,827 square miles (147,181 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s slightly larger than England.
  7. Nepal’s population was 31,551,305 in 2015…
  8. …that’s just less than 2/3 the population of England.
  9. Although there is no official name for residents of Nepal, they are known as either Nepali (both singular and plural) or Nepalese.
  10. 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.
  11. The Nepalese enjoy subtropical summers and mild winters in the south, whilst the north of the country experiences cool summers and severe winters!
  12. Nepal boasts the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.
  13. In fact, Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s highest mountain peaks!
  14. 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!

Social intricacies

  1. The official languages of Nepal are Nepali and English, although a total of 123 languages are spoken in this majestic country!
  2. Nepalese Rupee is the official currency here.
  3. The average life span here is 59 years.
  4. The Nepalese flag is the only flag in the world that isn’t quadrilateral (meaning it’s not a rectangle)!
  5. Since 1815 Nepalese Gurkha soldiers have been an integral part of the British Army!

Industry insights…

  1. Nepal grows rice, wheat, corn and sugarcane; they also rear cattle and produce milk.
  2. Its industry consists of tourism, textiles, carpets, jute, sugar, rice, cigarettes and the production of cement and bricks.
  3. Nepal exports clothing, carpets, leather goods, grain and jute goods.

Bonus Fact!

  1. 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.

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