Official name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Size: 310,400 square miles (803,940 square kilometers); a little smaller than twice the size of California
Population: 165,803,560 as of July 2006
Official Language: Urdu and English
Currency: Pakistan rupee
Climate: Mostly hot and dry in the south; mild in the northwest; frigid in the mountains
Products: Cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, fruit, mutton, textiles and clothes, food, chemicals, paper products, fertilizer
Did you know?:
* Eye-catching designs cover many Pakistani trucks and buses. The mobile art galleries attract passengers and customers.
* Pakistan produces some of the world’s finest fabrics. Each region of the country has its own style of embroidery. Geometric shapes, landscapes and flowers are common patterns.
* Some 70% of Pakistan’s population lives in rural areas.