Kathmandu Statistics and Facts

A City looking forward to a better future

Street surrounding Boudhanath Stupa Kathmandu

Population - 700,000 (2.5 million including agglomerates)

Sister Cities - Patan, Kirtipur, Thimi, Bhaktapur

Elevation - 1,400 metres (4,600 feet)

Religions - Hindu 81%, Buddhist 9%, 4.5% Moslem, Kirant / Yumaist 3.0, Christian 1.5%, Other 1%

Language - Nepali. Hindi is also widely understood as is English.

Currency - Nepalese Rupees

World Heritage Sites - Changu Narayan Temple, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square.

Airport - Tribhuvan International Airport. This has both a Domestic and International Terminal

Other facts Kathmandu and Nepal

The population of Nepal has increased 100% since the 1970's.

46% of Garments manufactured in Nepal are exported to EU Countries

81% of the Countrie's Labour Force work in Agriculture

Unemployment is high at over 40%

Main Industries are Tourism, Carpets, Textile, 'small' Rice, Jute, Sugar and Oilseed

India accounts for over 80% of the Countrie's Imports

The average pay in Kathmandu is around £50 per month ($80)

There are no Unemployment Benefits in Nepal (150,000 have seeked work in Qatar)

Nepal is rated the 54th happiest Countries in the World, way above many from the Western World. Source 'Happy Planet Index'.

Life expectancy in Nepal is 68.7 (USA 78.6, UK 80.7, India 65.4)

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