Nepal is found in South Asia, on the southern slope of Himalayas. Nepal shares borders with China to the north and India to the south. The country is well known for its high mountains. Mount Everest is located on the border of Nepal and China, and Nepal is also home to the world's third tallest mountain.
Population: 30 million (2013 est.)
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%)
Languages: Nepali (official) (47.8%), Maithali (12.1%), Bhojpuri (7.4%), Tharu (5.8%), Tamang (5.1%), Newar (3.6%), Magar (3.3%), Awadhi (2.4%), other (10%), unspecified (2.5%)
Religions: Hindu (80.6%), Buddhist (10.7%), Muslim (4.2%), Kirant (3.6%), other (0.9%)
ALBANIANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 9,780
In the GTA: 3,125
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Brampton, Mississauga, City of Toronto, Milton, Richmond Hill, Markham
Nepal is home to as many as 100 ethnic groups. Nepal is one of the world's poorer countries (partly due to geographical isolation), but it has made notable progress in the last half century. Nepal was once the world's only Hindu Kingdom but became a secular democracy in 2006. The prevalence of Hinduism means that the caste system plays a strong role in the culture. Caste-based discrimination is illegal, but occurs nonetheless. There is some discrimination against religious minorities, but it is less harsh and less common than it was in the past.
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