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Nepal, facts on Nepal

Nepal, officially called - the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. This central Asian kingdom lies north of India and south of Tibet. It covers an area of 54,362 square miles and is a little larger than Arkansas.

Katmandu - Nepal, facts on Nepal Nepal map, facts on Nepal

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A street scene in Katmandu, Nepal's capital and largest city. In the foreground, a porter brings wares from the countryside, and a hog searches for food

The map shows the location of the mountain kingdom of Nepal (marked in black)

The country's 29,331,000 people are mostly farmers of Mongolian, Indian or Gurkha (mixed) descent. Most of the people live in the fertile Nepal valley, in the central region. The main crops are rice, wheat and fruit. Only about one-tenth of the people live in cities and towns, where handicrafts are the main industries. The capital is Katmandu. The Himalayan Mountains lie in northern Nepal. Mt Everest, the world's highest peak, is in Nepal. The country's climate ranges from mild conditions in the south to the bitter cold of the north.

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