Here are some interesting Pakistan facts for kids which were chosen and researched by children especially for children.
Pakistan is located on the Asian continent. Pakistan also has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman of the Indian Ocean.
Pakistan borders four countries: Iran and Afghanistan, China and India.
Pakistan has 5 provinces: Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.
Pakistan sits on the borders of the Indian and the Eurasian plate and thus experiences many violent earthquakes. Attabad Lake was created in 2010 after a massive landslide.
The landscape varies widely from Indus plains and deserts to forested hills and a plateau to the rugged mountains with glaciers. Pakistan is home to five of the 14 highest independent mountains in the world!
Pakistan is about the size of the UK and France combined and slightly less than twice the size of California/USA.
Pakistan is home to the world’s second largest Muslim population - after Indonesia. Islam is the state religion in Pakistan.
There are many different ethnic groups in Pakistan, with the Punjabis being the largest group and including almost half of the country’s population. Over 60% of the people live in rural areas.
Over seven million Pakistanis live abroad, making up the sixth largest diaspora in the world. Diaspora means nationals living outside the country’s borders.
Pakistan also has the second largest refugee population in the world and houses many Afghans, Bangladeshi, Burmese and Uyghurs within the country’s borders.
The national sport is field hockey. Other popular sports are cricket, polo and soccer.
Famous Pakistani people are:
Pakistan's biggest cities are:
In Pakistan, cars drive on the left side of the road as they do in the UK and Australia or neighbouring country India.
Road signs on most roads in Pakistan are in English and Urdu.
Urdu and English are the official languages in the country. Although Urdu is the main language spoken in the country less than 10% of the population in Pakistan speak it as first language.
Urdu is called a lingua franca, a language that is spoken and understood by most people in the country. Urdu is closely to related to Hindi. English is the main language in all schools in Pakistan.
There are about sixty languages spoken in Pakistan. Punjabi or Pashto, Sindhi, Saraiki and Balochi are the main regional languages.
Arabic is widely studied in Pakistan, as the language is used in respect to the Muslim population and teachings of the Holy Quaran.
Sheep and goats are found in many regions. There are also wildcats, mongooses, porcupines, deer, civets, jackals and wild boars. The Indian pangolin can still be seen in southern plains regions and there are mugger crocodiles in the Indus river.
Snow leopards and the Indus river dolphins are amongst the rarest and most endangered species in Pakistan.
Large goats called markhor can be seen in northern with spiral shaped horns and long fur coat. The markhor is often considered the national animal.
Pakistan is one of the world’s country’s with the highest deforestation rates. Pollution and hunting practises massively impact the ecosystem as well.
Food in Pakistan is aromatic and spicy. The dishes vary according to region, but rice and flatbreads called roti or chapati are eaten with most meals.
The dishes have influences from the Indian, British, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Herbs and spices such as turmeric, chill or garam masala are used in most dishes. Chicken and mutton are the most common meats.
Lassi and black tea with milk and sugar are the most common drinks.
Typical Food in Pakistan:
Muslims do not eat pork, thus pork will not be served.
Fork, knife and spoons are not usually used during meals, as various kinds of nan bread are used for dipping and picking up the liquid or soft foods such as beans, stews or shorba.
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Pakistan Facts page: Many thanks go to our young writers Rania and Miraal Khan as well as Fatima Zehra. Please bookmark our page, as we will add more info from other young Pakistani writers soon.