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Difference Between Nepal and Tibet

Nepal vs Tibet

Nepal and Tibet are two places that are often mistaken for each other since they lie in very close proximity to each other. Another similarity between Nepal and Tibet is their claim of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and the common history of being an oppressed land by foreign rule.

However, there are differences that exist between Nepal and Tibet. One of these differences is in terms of sovereignty. Nepal is an independent state. Its type of government is a federal government run by a President and a Prime Minister. It has been under the influence of India in its course of history. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu, and its flag is very unique since it is a triangular-shaped flag unlike other countries.

Nepal is considered a south Asian country. It is near India and the Himalayas. It is close to China by virtue of Tibet being part of China. Nepal houses eight out of the ten highest peaks in the world. It is often used as the base camp in mountain expeditions, especially involving expeditions in climbing Mount Everest.

On the other hand, Tibet is considered as an autonomous region and a province of China like Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Tibetan government exists in two forms, a government put up by the Chinese government and a government in exile, the Central Tibetan Administration, headed by the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is considered as the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. The Tibetan capital is called Lhasa.

In addition, Tibet is the region and the highest plateau on the planet. It is often referred as “The Roof of the World.”
In terms of economy and livelihood, both Nepal and Tibet are agriculture-based economies. However, there is additional industry in Nepal like services. Tibetans also have a livelihood by being nomads or semi-nomads. In terms of development, Nepal is conserved as more developed since it has its own radio, airport, and university.

Religion and language are also a point of differences between the two countries. Nepal is mostly comprised of Hindus, but there are significant number of Buddhists and Muslims living in the country. Tibet features a unique kind of Buddhism called Tibetan Buddhism.
Nepalese people speak Nepalese as their primary language. There are also some minority languages. English is also spoken by the educated people. Meanwhile, Tibetan people speak the Tibetan language and Chinese due to the Chinese annexation.

1. Both Nepal and Tibet are situated near the Himalayas, and both claim Mount Everest and the Himalayas as part of their territory. Another similarity occurs in the type of economy and same elements of oppression in their histories.
2. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu while the Tibetan capital is called Lhasa. Nepal is also known for the unique shape of its flag. Tibet also has its own flag.
3. Another issue of difference is sovereignty. Nepal is an independent state with a federal government at its head. Meanwhile, Tibet is classified as an autonomous region or a Chinese province. Nepal has one form of government while Nepal has two, a government in place by the Chinese government and a government in exile headed by the exiled Dalai Lama.
4. Nepal is considered a more developed place compared to Tiber. It has its own airport, radio, and university.
5. Religion and language are other major points of comparison. Nepalese people are primarily Hindus with Buddhists and Muslims as minorities. On the other hand, Tibet has a unique Buddhism called Tibetan Buddhism. The Nepalese language is the primary language in Nepal with some people who can understand English. Meanwhile, the Tibetan people have their own language but are also fluent in the Chinese language.

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  1. Nepal is not more developed than Tibet in terms of infrastructure.

  2. tibet have big road, trains, air port university and its a big city! how you compare tibet with income percapita usd 4,721 with small country with income percapita usd 743.

  3. The history of Nepal and Tibet is different . Tibet lost her sovereignty and Nepal is indenendent and sovereign state.
    Today per capita of Tibet May higher than Nepalese
    But they are ruled by Han Chinese, they don’t have their ideology.
    How long few exile Tibeaten will supported by west ? So they already blended with Han Chinese , today Tibet is a part of China, and nepal is small but Nepalese have their glorious history, we fought with Tibet and Tibet was sub ordinated to Nepal .
    nepal refuge many Tibeaten in nepal . Nepal introduced buddhasim in Tibet . So , the outer Tibet is rich than nepal but they are not free and living life like 7 th century’s but liberty ,freedom and independence is practicing by Nepalese . So whose happiness is bigger ?

  4. Just as i thought you’re one ignorant nepali. Just google in “TIBETAN empire” during 7-9th century,we’ve ruled over 15 countries that are sovereign nations today,including small piece of cake like Nepal during the time when Tibet was non-buddhist and war-oriented. Yes,you won the war but many centuries later when Tibet was at the weakest stages in the entire span of our military history.
    Since it was a conventional warfare during those times, no.s do matter a lot. With that being said, look through the cases wherein military population of Nepal way outnumbered Tibetans in both the wars.
    Furthermore, you’re talking bullshit when you’re claiming Nepal is economically better off than Tibet. Please dont mention it to a serious researchers,they’ll die by “lol”. You’re placing Nepal at the 21st century and on other hand, Tibet at the 1950’s as if nothing will change within the span of more than 60years even if China hadn’t invaded Tibet. Just look at the level of institutionalization and development of Tibetan communities within India, Taiwan and elsewhere. Whereas, Nepali are predominantly in Indian military as Gorkhas,street vendor in everywhere we go in India selling momo(which is indeed a Tibetan food, you stole our culture because you dont have. Since,you were sandwiched between Tibetan and Indian cultures,you dont have anything that is genuinely yours) and to mention is the loyal gatekeepers in Chandigarh & New Delhi. Do you know what is HDI and how is it being measured? You should focus on augmenting it otherwise you’ll be constantly humiliated by Indians by calling you “Bahadur,chokidar,momo(that’s actually ours but thanks for selling a masala momo that’ll never have an authentic taste). Please improve your infras,HDI and image.

  5. Please, Nepal and Tibet, do not fight and argue about who is better, as my western idealism of you both will be damaged, perhaps forever….peace to all

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