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 16 fun facts about Nepal and impress the locals with your extensive knowledge!
1. Where is Nepal?
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia.
2. Here’s your compass details.
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°
3. It’s rugged and beautiful.
The terrain here features the stunning flat river plains of the Ganges in the south; the center of the country is hilly, whilst the north boasts the rugged Himalayan mountains!
4. It’s pretty big.
The total land area of Nepal is 56,827 square miles (147,181 square kilometers)…that’s slightly larger than England.
5. But at the same time, Nepal is relatively sparse.
Nepal’s population was 28.09 million in 2018…that’s just less than 2/3 the population of England.
6. What do Nepal residents call themselves?
Although there is no official name for residents of Nepal, they are known as either Nepali (both singular and plural) or Nepalese.
7. What’s the capital of Nepal?
The capital is Kathmandu; it covers an area of 19 square miles (50 square kilometers) and had a population of 1,183,000 in 2015.
8. The climate across Nepal really varies!
The Nepalese enjoy subtropical summers and mild winters in the south, whilst the north of the country experiences cool summers and severe winters!
9. There’s a record-holder in the ranks.
Nepal boasts the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. In fact, Nepal is home to 8 of the world’s highest mountain peaks!
10. It’s a wildlife spotter’s paradise.
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!
11. You can speak English freely in Nepal.
The official languages of Nepal are Nepali and English, although a total of 123 languages are spoken in this majestic country!
12. What should you change your cash into?
Nepalese Rupee is the official currency here.
13. The life span here isn’t huge.
The average life span here is 70.78 years (2019).
14. Nepal has a unique flag.
The Nepalese flag is the only flag in the world that isn’t quadrilateral (meaning it’s not a rectangle)!
15. Nepal has close links to the UK.
Since 1815 Nepalese Gurkha soldiers have been an integral part of the British Army!
16. Nepal’s produce is pretty varied!
Nepal exports clothing, carpets, leather goods, grain and jute goods.
FAQs about Nepal
Is Nepal safe to travel to?
Nepal generally finishes middle in terms of country ‘safety lists’, but that’s not to do with crime - it’s prone to natural disasters and mountaineering accidents. Tread carefully!
What is Nepal known for?
As well as for its famous mountains and adventure potential, Nepal has grown popular in recent years for its fantastic outdoor sports opportunities - skydiving off Mount Everest, for example, is entirely possible!
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