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Population: 23,107,464 (July 1997 est.)
National capital: Kathmandu(pop.700,000)
Exchange rates: US$1 = 61.0500 Nepalese rupees (October, 1998)
Location: Southern Asia, between China and india
Area - comparative: slightly larger than Arkansas
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Climate: Nepal has a two season year, October-May is the dry season and June to September is the monsoon season. Kathmandu is located on about the same latitude as Miami,Cairo, and Taipei. there often are cool summers and severe winters in north while experiencing The Himalaya's will be to cold for us to travel past November.
Geography - note: landlocked; strategic location between China and india; contains eight of world's 10 highest peaks
Natural hazards: severe thunderstorms, flooding, landslides, drought, and famine depending on the timing, intensity, and duration of the summer monsoons
Environment - current issues: the almost total dependence on wood for fuel and cutting down trees to expand agricultural land without replanting has resulted in widespread deforestation; soil erosion; water pollution (use of contaminated water presents human health risks)
Ethnic groups: Newars, indians, Tibetans, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Bhotias, Rais, Limbus, Sherpas
Religions: Hindu 90%, Buddhist 5%, Muslim 3%, other 2% (1981) note: only official Hindu state in the world, although no sharp distinction between many Hindu and Buddhist groups
Languages: Nepali (official), 20 other languages divided into numerous dialects However,most people in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara speak some English.