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A Closer Look at... India
OFFICIAL NAME
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Republic of India
GEOGRAPHY
Southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal, between Burma and Pakistan
AREA
3,287,590 sq km / 1,269,338 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
larger than one-third the size of the United States
POPULATION
1.2 billion (UN 2008)
CAPITAL
New Delhi
LITERACY
64% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
17 major languages, 844 dialects
RELIGION

Hindu - 80%

Muslim - 14%

Christian - 2.4%

Sikh - 2%

Buddhist - 0.7%

Jains - 0.5%

Other - 0.4%

POLITICS
Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic, Parliamentary, based on universal adult franchise
INCOME
Per capita income = US$ 1,220 per year
CURRENCY
Indian Rupee (Rs)
TIME ZONE
GMT/UTC +5.5
SOURCES
Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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