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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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Surface area:147181 km2
GNI per capita:290 US$
Classification:Economy in transition



Hindu: 77.00%

Indigenous: 9.00%

Buddhist: 8.00%

Muslim: 4.00%

Christian: 2.00%


Independent: 720000

Protestants: 200000

Pentecostals: 129695

Catholics: 7500

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Nepal first united as a kingdom in the eighteenth century.  In 1951 a cabinet system of government was established.  Reforms in 1990 created a multiparty democracy within the framework of a constitutional monarchy.  Much violence has taken place within the government since, including 2001 when the crown prince murdered the king, queen, and eight other members of the royal family before taking his own life.  A new king claimed absolute power in 2002 and dismissed the prime minister and parliament.  Parliament was reinstated in 2006 after a lot of uprisings and street protests.  Nepal is the world's only Hindu kingdom.  Christians are a tiny minority, mostly made up of Evangelical, charismatic, and Independent churches that were established after 1951.  There are no WCC member churches based in this country.


(source:  In God's Hands)


Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

WCC member churches based in Nepal

    WCC member churches present in Nepal

      Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

      Last updated: 01/01/06