RELIGION LIBRARY

Nepal

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Nepal

The country has an area of 54,363 square miles and a population of 29 million. According to the Government, Hindus constitute 86.51 percent of the population, Buddhists 7.79 percent, Muslims (the majority Sunni) 3.53 percent, and Christians and others 2.17 percent. Members of minority religious groups believe their numbers were significantly undercounted. Christian leaders conservatively estimated the number of their adherents at more than 1 million (3 percent). The National Churches Fellowship of Nepal reported an estimated 335 Christian churches operate in the Kathmandu Valley alone. According to a Jamme Masjid (mosque) official, there are at least 3,500 madrassahs.

Population Population (2009 est.) 28,563,377
Religious Demographics Hindu 80.6%, Buddhist 10.7%, Muslim 4.2%, Kirant* - *1 *2 3.6%, other 0.9% (2001 census)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Chhettri 15.5%, Brahman-Hill 12.5%, Magar 7%, Tharu 6.6%, Tamang 5.5%, Newar 5.4%, Muslim 4.2%, Kami 3.9%, Yadav 3.9%, other 32.7%, unspecified 2.8% (2001 census)
Languages Languages Nepali 47.8%, Maithali 12.1%, Bhojpuri 7.4%, Tharu (Dagaura/Rana) 5.8%, Tamang 5.1%, Newar 3.6%, Magar 3.3%, Awadhi 2.4%, other 10%, unspecified 2.5% (2001 census)
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