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Kingdom of Nepal

Location: Southern Asia, between China and India

Area: 140,800 sq km

Climate: varies from cool summers and severe winters in north to subtropical summers and mild winters in south

Terrain: Terai or flat river plain of the Ganges in south, central hill region, rugged Himalayas in north

Population: 24,702,119 (July 2000 est.)

Religions: Hindu 90%, Buddhist 5%, Muslim 3%, other 2% (1981) note: only official Hindu state in the world

Languages: Nepali (official), over 20 other languages divided into numerous dialects

Capital: Kathmandu

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