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General facts

Population: 1.25 billion

Capital: New Delhi

Official languages: Hindi and English

Currency: Indian Rupee

Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism

Motto: Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs)

National Anthem: Jana Gana Mana

Interesting facts

  • India has the second largest population in the world with over 1.25 billion inhabitants.
  • The national symbol of India is the endangered Bengal tiger.
  • Major cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur.
  • The national fruit is the mango.
  • India is the world’s largest producer of dried beans such as kidney beans and chickpeas.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • India has six seasons, spring, summer, summer monsoon, autumn, pre-winter and winter.

More obscurely, did you know...

  • India has a spa for elephants!
  • The Indian railway system is the largest employer in the world!
  • The majority of films produced in India each year are not Bollywood – they only account for 10%!