Nepal

[nuh-pawl, -pahl, -pal, ney-]
noun
a constitutional monarchy in the Himalayas between N India and Tibet. About 54,000 sq. mi. (140,000 sq. km). Capital: Katmandu.
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Nepal (nɪˈpɔːl)
 
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Official name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal a republic in S Asia: the world's only Hindu kingdom until it abandoned its monarchy in 2008; united in 1768 by the Gurkhas; consists of swampy jungle in the south and great massifs, valleys, and gorges of the Himalayas over the rest of the country, with many peaks over 8000 m (26 000 ft) (notably Everest and Kangchenjunga). A multiparty democracy was instituted in 1990. Official language: Nepali. Official religion: Hinduism; Mahayana Buddhist minority. Currency: rupee. Capital: Katmandu. Pop: 25 724 000 (2004 est). Area: 147 181 sq km (56 815 sq miles)

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Nepal [(nuh-pawl, nuh-pahl)]

Kingdom in central Asia, bordered by China to the north, and India to the east, south, and west; located high in the Himalayas. The capital and largest city is Katmandu.

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