50 Fascinating Facts about Pakistan

Pakistan is a country located in South Asia. Its official name is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The country has a population that exceeds 201 million, making it the 6th most populous in the world. The country is 340,509 square miles, making it the 33rd largest country by area. The country's capital is Islmabad. Its largest city is Karachi. The official religion of Pakistan is Islam, with over 96% of the population practicing this religion. The official languages are Urdu and English. The country has a federal parliamentary constitutional republic government. The official currency is the Pakistani Rupee. The nation's flag featurs a white crescent moon and star on a green background.

Pakistan Facts

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The GDP of Pakistan is $270 billion.
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The nominal GDP per capita is $5,100.
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Almost half of the Pakistani population is Punjabi.
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Urdu and English are the languages of the country.
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However, Punjabi is the most commonly spoken and is spoken by approximately 48% of residents. Other languages are also spoken throughout the country.
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Over 96% of Pakistani people are Muslim.
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Islamic law was made the law of the land in 1991.
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Pakistan’s national anthem has been ranked one of the best anthems in the world.
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Pakistan’s Khewra Salt Mine is one of the oldest in the world. It is also the second largest.
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Over the last few years, Pakistan’s literacy rate has risen a whopping 250%.
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About half of the footballs manufactured in the world come from Pakistan.
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Pakistan has one of the largest irrigation systems in the world. It covers 14.4 million hectares of land.
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Changa Manga is a manmade forest located in Pakistan. It is the largest manmade forest, and it is also the oldest.
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Gwadar is the world’s largest deep sea port.
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Pakistan has one of the world’s largest broadband internet systems.
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Over 21 million people in Pakistan use the internet, making it one of the top internet-using countries in the world.
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Pakistan is ranked 26th in the world based on its GDP and 45th largest based on nominal GDP.
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Some of the highest mountains in the world are located in Pakistan. The peak K-2 is the second highest in the world.
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Karakoram Highway was built at 15,397 feet high and is one of the highest paved roads in the world. It is also a popular tourist spot.
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The country has one of the largest ambulance systems in the world. The non-profit organization has over 300 centers around Pakistan and offers medical and healthcare services and even provides shelter for orphans.
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Pakistan was the first Islamic country to become a nuclear power in 1998.
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Islamabad’s Shah Faisal Mosque can hold almost 100,000 worshippers.
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One in three Pakistanis live below the federal poverty line.
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Seventy-four percent of the population lives on less than $2 per day. Seventeen percent live on less than $1.25 per day.
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Ten percent of Pakistan’s population earn over 27% of the income.
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Only about half of Pakistanis are literate.
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In July 2010, the country was hit by three floods, which left about one-fifth of the country under water.
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Pakistan’s population is growing at a rate of 1.573%.
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Over one million migrants from Afghanistan have settled in Pakistan.
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The Indus Valley and Mohenjo-Daro of Pakistan are thought to be the oldest civilizations in the world.
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Women can work combat jobs in Pakistan, which is just one of two Muslim countries to allow this.
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Tarbela Dam on Pakistan’s Indus River is the largest earth-filled dam in the world.
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The world’s youngest Microsoft Expert is from Pakistan. She became certified at just five years old.
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Muhammad Ilyas of Pakistan is the youngest civil judge, passing his examination when he was just 20 years old.
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The name “Pakistan” translates to “land of the pure.”
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Karachi is Pakistan’s largest city and is home to 13 million people.
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The Tharparkar desert is the world’s only fertile desert.
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A report from Institute of European Business Administration shows that Pakistanis are some of the smartest people in the world, ranking 4th among 125 countries.
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Over 642,000 people are in Pakistan’s armed forces. It is the 7th largest in the world.
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Pakistan is home to Biafo Glacier, the largest glacial system outside of the polar regions.
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Pakistan’s national fruit is the mango.
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Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s first female prime minister, and was the first female prime minister in any Muslim country.
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General Parvez Musharraf amended Pakistan’s Constitution so that he could serve a third term.
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Over 68% of Pakistan’s energy is generated from fossil fuels.
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Pakistan has over 150 airports.
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Pakistan’s top crops include wheat, sugarcane, cotton, and rice.
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The voting age in Pakistan is 18 years old.
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There are more than 50 universities located in the country.
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Sugarcane juice, known as “roh” to locals, is the country’s national drink.
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Two Pakistanis have won the Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai and Abdus Salam.

Pakistan is a country that is led by its religion, and its people are devout followers. The country has many of the world's most beautiful natural sights and historic landmarks. The culture of Pakistan is truly unlike any other in the world. This country has some of the most unique features -- including the world's only fertile desert and the largest glacier outside of the polar regions -- that make it one of the most interesting countries in the world.

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