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Nepal 2012




Nepal/Sanghiya Loktanrik Ganatantra Nepal
Southern Asia, between China and India; with southern lowland plains and high elevation mountains in the north; 147,181 km2 (slightly > AR), 18% arable.

Capital Kathmandu (pop est. 0.4M)

Population 29.4M (100/km2)

Life expectancy 66 years


Literacy 49%

Languages Nepali (official) 48%, Maithali 12%, Bhojpuri 7%, Tharu (Dagarua/ Rana) 6%, Tamang 5%, Newar 4%, Magar 3%, Awadhi 2%, other 10%, unspecified 3%

Religions Hindu 81%, Buddhist 11% Muslim 4%, Kirant 4%, other 1%

Ethnic Groups Chhettri 15%, Brahman-Hill 13%, Magar 7%, Tharu 7%, Tamang 5%, Newar 5%, Muslim 4%, Kami 4%, Yadav 4%, other 33%, unspecified 3%

Gov’t Federal Democratic Republic

GDP/cap $1,200

PCVs 1962-2005 (Volunteers served: 3,629)

Nat’l holiday Republic Day, 29 May (2008)

Adult Books

Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
by Conor Grennan

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0061930065

Book Description
Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.

Kids' Books

We need to go to school: voices of the rugmark children
compiled by Tanya Roberts-Davis

Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
ISBN: 0-88899-425-7
Age Range: 10+ years
Publisher: Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2001


Film: Beneath Everest: Nepal Reborn
Director: Tulsi Bhandari (2010)


Kutumba: Music from Nepal

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2012 - "Freedom"

Nepali: swatantrata (swa-tantra-ta)

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