Nepal's population reaches 29.19 million: CBS

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Director General Nebin Lal Shrestha gathering statistics related to President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at her office in Sheetal Niwas, Kathmandu, on Thursday, November 11, 2021. CBS has formally launched the 12th National Census 2021 from Thursday. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s population has reached 29,192,480 as per the preliminary results of the National Census 2021. Of the total population 14,901,169 are females (51.04%) and 14,291,311 are males (48.96%).

A report made public today by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) under the National Planning Commission shows that the population is less by around 800,000 than the projected population of 30 million. It is stated that this data might be slightly changed in the final results.

The population of Nepal as per the 2011 National Census was 26,940,504.

As compared to the previous census, Bhaktapur has the highest population growth rate while Ramechhap district has the most declining rate of population.

The first phase of fieldwork of the 2021 Census was carried out from September 15 to October 4 and the second phase of fieldwork was done from November 11 to 17, 2021.

Province-wise, Madhes Province has the largest population while Karnali Province has the least.

NPC Vice Chairman Dr Biswo Nath Poudel expressed all those involved in making the National Census 2021 successful and the preliminary results show that Nepal is the heartbeat of over 29.1 million Nepali.

CBS Director General Nebin Lal Shrestha said they conducted the population census of Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura, the territories included in the new administrative map of Nepal, as well and the detailed information was awaited.

To a journalist’s question, Director General Shrestha said it is found that discrimination between son and daughter is decreasing and the population might not have increased as projected also because the trend of producing children in preference of son has minimised.

The preliminary results of the first population census conducted after the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015 has been made public.


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