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Nepal

Country Profile

Language: Nepali

The language of Nepal is Nepali. According to Christian leaders in the country, the government of Nepal is taking a stronger stand against religious conversion. Despite the 2015 constitution guaranteeing religious freedom, Parliament passed a bill in 2017 criminalizing conversion to Christianity. In 2018, the prime minister and other government officials publicly said anyone found changing their religion will be expelled from the country. In addition, any charity organizations engaged in preaching will be shut down. In June 2018, two foreign nationals living and operating a business in Nepal were deported because of their religious activities. Christian communities are small but outspoken. Nepalis are divided between Hinduism, Buddhism and animism. Families, communities, Marxist groups and Hindu groups pressure Christians, who also experience some government interference.