South Asia

Nepal profile - Key facts

Image caption A Sadhu - Hindu holy man - prepares for a religious festival

Population: 31 million (UN, 2012)

Capital: Kathmandu

Area: 147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles)

Major language: Nepali

Major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism

Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN)

Monetary unit: 1 Nepalese rupee = 100 paisa

Main exports: Carpets, clothing, leather goods, jute goods, grain

GNI per capita: US $730 (World Bank, 2013)

Internet domain: .np

International dialling code: +977