How Indian Are You? Check These Interesting Facts About India

How Indian Are You ? How well do you know India? Just have a look at the following facts and figures. A brief brush up through  interesting facts about India – India Statistics, India Facts, Indian Citizens, Indian Government, Indian Society, Indian Culture etc.

India - Location - World Map

India – Location – World Map : Courtesy – Google Maps

Fact 1 : In just 2.3 % of world’s total land area, India houses around 17.31 % (1/6th) of total world population!

Fact 2: India, with 1,210,193,422 (1.21 billion) people is the second most populous country in the world, while China is on the top with over 1,350,044,605 (1.35 billion) people. With the population growth rate at 1.58%, India is predicted to have more than 1.53 billion people by the end of 2030 (Overtake China).

Fact 3: 7th Largest Country in the world by land area.

Fact 4: India is the largest democracy in the world.

Fact 5: 10th Biggest economy in the world, considering total GDP(2010).

Fact 6: 3rd Biggest economy in the world considering, GDP measured at PPP.

Fact 7: Around 36 % of world’s poor are Indians. It also signifies, if a world wide campaign starts against poverty, 36 % of that money need to be spend in India.

Fact 8: More than a million Indians are millionaires, yet most Indians live on less than two dollars a day. An estimated 35% of India’s population lives below the poverty line.

Fact 9: India is the birthplace of chess.

Fact 10: With 150,000 post offices, India has the largest postal network in the world.

Fact 11: About 80% of Indians are Hindu. Muslims are the largest minority in India and form approximately 13% of the country’s population. In fact, India has the third largest population of Muslims in the world, after Indonesia and Pakistan.

Fact 12: India has the world’s largest movie industry.

Fact 13: The official name of India is the Republic of India. The name “India” derives from the River Indus, which most likely is derived from the Sanskrit sindhu, meaning “river.” The official Sanskrit name of India is Bharat, after the legendary king in the epic Mahabharata.

Fact 14 : India is the world’s largest tea producer, and tea (chai) is its most popular beverage.

Fact 15:  India has the world’s third largest road network at 1.9 million miles.

Fact 16: It also has the world’s second largest rail network, which is the world’s largest civilian employer with 16 million workers.

Fact 17: India is the largest milk-producing country in the world.

Fact 18: Hindi and English are the official languages of India. The government also recognizes 17 other languages (Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Nepali, Manipuri, Konkani, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu). Apart from these languages, about 1,652 dialects are spoken in the country.

Fact 19: Indians made significant contributions to calculus, trigonometry, and algebra. The decimal system was invented in India in 100 B.C. The concept of zero as a number is also attributed to India.

Fact 20: India was the richest country in the world until the British Invasion in 17th century.

Fact 21: With 62 million Internet consumers, India ranks 6th in the world.

Fact 22: Ranks 4th in the list of biggest CO2 emitters(2008).

Fact 23: India is the largest English speaking nation in the world.

Fact 24: 25% of world population speaks 4 religions originated in India- Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Fact 25: India in its 10,000 years of history has not invaded any other country.

Fact 26: World’s oldest university (Taxila) .

Fact 27: World’s oldest, continually inhabited city (Varanasi also known as Benares).

Fact 28: Country with one of the lowest in Divorce rates. Divorce rate in India (1.1%) is very low compared that in US and Europe.

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