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Want to know about common languages in Nepal. This article will tell you about Nepali languages and other languages spoken in Nepal.
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Languages of Nepal

Languages of NepalNepal is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic country. The Nepalese society has acted as the melting pot for various ethnic groups. Almost all of these ethnic groups have their own languages. Nepali or Nepalese is the major language of Nepal. It is also the official language of Nepal. There are other languages too that are widely spoken in Nepal such as Newari, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Maithali. While the Newar community speaks the former, the immigrants from the Indian states of Bihar and Eastern Utter Pradesh speak Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Maithali. English is confined to a very miniscule part of elite and that too in the urban areas. Newspapers are published in all these languages but the largest group consists Nepali newspapers. Following are the various languages, along with their composition, that are spoken in Nepal.

Languages Composition
Nepali 47.8%
Maithali 12.1%
Bhojpuri 7.4%
Tharu 5.8%
Tamang 5.1%
Newar 3.6%
Magar 3.3%
Awadhi 2.4%
Other 10%
Unspecified 2.5%

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