Capital: Kathmandu; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 0.6%;
Key Facts

Full name : Nepal
Population: 29.8 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles)
Major language: Nepali
Major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 70 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Nepalese rupee = 100 paisa
Main exports: Carpets, clothing, leather goods, jute goods, grain
GNI per capita: US $480 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .np
International dialling code: +977

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Asia Economic Roundup: July 2016


    Without a doubt Britain’s decision to abandon the European project will be remembered globally as a wake-up call for political elites around the world. It seems the people chose to go against immediate economic interest and accept an extra financial turmoil in order to address deeply seated social and identity issues.

    Although Asia’s exposure to the UK is relatively limited and this is not exactly a “Lehman Moment”, nonetheless we can expect a lively debate as policymakers in Asia look for an appropriate response to address the needs of vulnerable households.

  • Tourism to Nepal is large business.


    Tourism to Nepal is large business. This counts not only for the a lot of honest tour operators, hotel executives and tour guides, but as well for those that run illegal scams in that mountain Himalayan country.

    Nepal’s poverty index is probably one of the highest in the world, despite its rich water resources and the abundance of plant life. Political instability has made matters worse and the next affects of a communists insurgency has left a lasting legacy of disability and a lot of maimed and disabled for a lifetime. Poverty and a pretty high illiteracy rate have added to growing unemployment figures as per government statistics.