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About Nepal
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY SERVICES

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Briefing on Nepal

Nepal is the ONLY country in the world that takes Hinduism as its national religion. Hinduism, according to the Random House Dictionary, is the common religion of India, based upon the religion of the original Aryan settlers as expounded and evolved in the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad-Gita, etc.

Christians are very few compared to that of other countries; but they are united to join forces in witnessing and many other aspects.

It has the magnificant Mt. Everest and wonderful Natural Beauty.

Dialy Photo update on Mt. Everest.

The Religion situation (Operation World, 1987)
The world's only Hindu kingdom. Hinduism is the state religion, and it is unlawful to convert anyone from the religion of their fathers. Open Christian evanglism is illegal.

Hindu 98%. Much interwined in Buddhism and a strong, underlying animism. A complex caster stystem exists despite its illegality since 1963.

Buddhist 7%. Lamaistic Buddhism is dominant among the Tibeto-Burman peoples. The Buddha was born in Nepal.

Muslim 3.5%. Predominantly in the Terai.

Christian 0.3%. Almost entirely Protestant Evangelicals.
--- Roman Catholic about 250 adherents.
--- Protestant 0.3%. 47,000 first adherents; 26,000 adult or communicant members.
--- Missionaries to Nepal approx. 600 (1:26,700 people) in two large inter-mission fellowships and several independent agencies. (Note that the figure is around 1986 -1990 and the nominal Christians are not counted, only the affiliated figure is used.)

The Sorrow of Nepali Women

Basic Info Sheet on Nepal

Population: 24,302,653 (July 1999 est.)

Age structure:
0-14 years: 41% (male 5,182,829; female 4,869,895)
15-64 years: 55% (male 6,856,905; female 6,571,916)
65 years and over: 4% (male 407,797; female 413,311) (1999 est.)

Population growth rate: 2.51% (1999 est.)

Birth rate: 35.32 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Death rate: 10.18 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population
(1999 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.99 male(s)/female
total population: 1.05 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 73.58 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

Nepal in map
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Map of Nepal in its geographical details (very beautiful)

travel info on Nepal

GDP: purchasing power parity$26.2 billion (1998 est.)
GDP real growth rate: 4.9% (1998 est.)
GDP per capita: purchasing power parity$1,100 (1998 est.)
GDP composition by sector: agriculture: 41%, industry: 22%, services: 37% (1997)

Population below poverty line: 42% (1995-96 est.)

Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 3.2%, highest 10%: 29.8% (1995-96)

Inflation rate (consumer prices): 7.8% (1998 est.)

Labor force: 10 million (1996 est.)
Labor force by occupation: agriculture 81%, services 16%, industry 3%
Unemployment rate: NA%;
Underemployment: substantial (1996)

Budget:
revenues: $536 million
expenditures: $818 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (FY96/97 est.)

Industries: tourism, carpet, textile; small rice, jute, sugar, and oilseed mills; cigarette;
cement and brick production
Industrial production growth rate: 14.7% (FY94/95 est.)

Electricity production: 1.032 billion kWh (1996)
Electricityproduction by source:
fossil fuel: 3.1%, hydro: 96.9% , other: 0% (1996)
Electricityconsumption: 1.013 billion kWh (1996)

This above info are taken from the following site:

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Sketch map on Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

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