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Nepal records lowest annual growth rate in 80 years

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  • 26th January, 2022 05:25:08 PM
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Nepal records lowest annual growth rate in 80 years

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 Nepal has a population of nearly 30 million, with the average annual growth rate standing at 0.93 percent, the lowest in 80 years, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday.

There were 29,192,480 people in 2021 in Nepal, marking a rise of 10.18 percent in the last decade, the bureau said in a preliminary report on the latest national census conducted in November last year, Xinhua reported.

The agency called the growth rate of 0.93 percent the lowest in eight decades, which is less than the global average of 1.01 percent in 2020, according to the World Bank.

"It appears that a rising outward migration of Nepali people for foreign employment and studies abroad has contributed to the slowest annual growth rate of the population in eight decades," Hem Raj Regmi, deputy director general at the bureau, Xinhua reported.

According to the statistics, females accounted for 51.04 percent of the total population, and the declining fertility rate of Nepali women may also have contributed to the falling growth in population.