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Learn more about Nepal.
Flag of Nepal Nepal
Population: 27,070,666 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Kathmandu
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An Introduction to Nepal
In 1951, the Nepalese monarch ended the century-old system of rule by hereditary premiers and instituted a cabinet system of government. Reforms in 1990 established a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy. A Maoist insurgency, launched in 1996, has gained traction and is threatening to bring down the regime. In 2001, the Crown Prince massacred ten members of the royal family, including the king and queen, and then took his own life. In October 2002, the new king dismissed the prime minister and his cabinet for "incompetence" after they dissolved the parliament and were subsequently unable to hold elections because of the ongoing insurgency. The country is now governed by the king and his appointed cabinet, which has negotiated a cease-fire with the Maoist insurgents until elections can be held at some unspecified future date.

Nepal map

Map of Nepal ( Location ) : 28 00 N, 84 00 E, Southern Asia, between China and India. For additional reports and educational information specific to Nepal, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Nepalese Flag
Red with a blue border around the unique shape of two overlapping right triangles; the smaller, upper triangle bears a white stylized moon and the larger, lower triangle bears a white 12-pointed sun.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Nepal.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.23%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 59.73 yrs - Male
    • 59.06 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 371,800 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 130,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 840,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .np

Did you know ... People from Nepal are called Nepalese
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook