pakistan

Continent: Asia

Region: South-Asia

Area: 340,508 square miles (ranked 36th)

Capital: Islamabad

Population: 182,490,721 as of 2012

Main Language: Urdu, English

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Fun Facts

  • Pakistan has the sixth-largest population in the world, exceeded only by China, India, the United States of America, Indonesia and Brazil.

  • From 1997-2008, Pakistan held the record for the world's tallest cake, with a 105ft-high monster. This was overtaken in 2008 by a 108ft cake in Indonesia.

  • In 2013, Pakistan set a world record for the most saplings planted in a day, with an impressive 750,000 mangrove tree saplings.

  • Pakistan is the world's second-largest producer of chickpeas.

  • The name Pakistan means 'land of the pure' in Persian and Urdu.

  • The largest city in Pakistan is Karachi which is home to over 13 million people. It is the financial hub of the country and is a major seaport.

  • Pakistan became independent in from the British Indian Empire in 1947.

  • Pakistan's national sport is field hockey. The country has had a lot of success in the sport having won the Olympic gold medal 3 times in 1960, 1968, and 1984, and the Hockey World Cup 4 times in 1971, 1978, 1982, and 1994.

  • The national drink of Pakistan is Sugarcane juice. Called "roh," the juice is usually only sold by roadside vendors throughout the country.