Key Stats

Capital: Kathmandu

Population: 29 million

Average life expectancy: 71 years

Literacy rate: 64%

Population living below poverty line: 25%

Population without electricity: 6.6 million

Population without access to safe drinking water: 2.4 million

Most widely spoken language: Nepali

Source: The World Factbook

About Nepal

Located in southern Asia between China and India, Nepal is best known for the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, and its proximity to the Himalayas. Nepal also boasts subtropical summers and breath-taking views of the Ganges River Basin. Despite its beauty, Nepal is among the most poor and least-developed countries in the world. Nearly 70% of its residents work in agriculture to support themselves and their families.