Few days ago, I was scrolling down my News Feed and amongst the invasion of celebrity, conflicts and crimes news, something quite interesting popped out. Surprisingly, it came from 9GAG, which we all know is renowned mainly for funny material. So, the post entitled ‘Unknown facts about an unknown country!’ presents 10 facts about NEPAL.
Going through the list I thought why not fill the social networks with more interesting news rather than saddening ones? With this in mind I have decided to start a series containing interesting facts about less popular countries of the world. Given the roots of my inspiration, the first country of the series will be Nepal.
1. Nepal,the country ‘sandwiched’ between China and India lies within 143,000 km2and hosts 125 ethnic groups and castes, speaking 123 languages.
There are 27,474,000 people living in the country and half of the population manages to survive with as little as $1 a day.
2. The country has the world’s densest concentration of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, be them cultural, natural or mixed. Some examples could be:Lumbini (considered to be the birthplace of Buddha), part of the Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park.
8 out of 10 of the Earth’s highest mountains are found in Nepal, Mount Everest – 8,850m, being the highest. Fun fact: in 2007, the highest mobile phone call ever was made – 8,848m, from the summit of Everest.
3. In terms of wildlife, Nepal is home to three endangered species: the Bengal tiger, the red panda and the snow leopard. March, 3rd, 2014, marks the day when Nepal celebrated a full year with no poaching of endangered animals.
Also, the cow represents the national animal, therefore the slaughtering of cows is banned.
4. Another fully unique fact about Nepal is that it has the only not square flag in the world.
5. Lastly, one important thing that the world should learn from Nepal, especially given the recent developments, is the intermingling of religions. Nepal’s religions are Hindu (81.3%) followed by Buddhism (9%), Islam (4.4%), Kirat (3.1%), Christianity (1.4%), Prakriti (0.5%), Bon, Jainism, Bahai and Sikhism (less than 0.5% each). Only few overt religious conflicts have occurred throughout time, but generally there is peaceful coexistence.
Until next time, open your eyes and your ears to what the world has to tell you!
Written by: Ioana-Alexandra Tache
50 amazing facts about Nepal – http://www.worktheworld.co.uk/infographics/50-amazing-facts-about-nepal
Nepal, 2011 Census – http://cbs.gov.np/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/National%20Report.pdf
UNESCO World Heritage Sites – http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/np