Nepal is a nation as diverse in languages and customs as it is in landscape. Rainy and tropical lowlands line the southern border, while mountains pierce the northern horizon. The Nepalese are of Indian, Mongolian, and Tibetan descent. 90 percent of the Nepalese people support themselves through agriculture.
Once closed to foreigners — a relatively easy feat due to Himalayan Mountains bordering the north — Nepal has begun opening its doors to neighboring nations. Nepal's industries include textiles, rice, jute, and sugar.