Travel Information for Pakistan
Time zone:GMT +5 (Pakistan standard time)
Daylight savings:GMT +1hr, in 2009 - begins third Wednesday in April; ends first Sunday in November
Main languages:English, Punjabi, Urdu
Other languages:Balochi, Brahui, Burushaski, Hindko, Pashtu, Saraiki, Sindhi
Currency: Pakistani rupees (PKR)

1 = Rs.118, $1 = Rs.106, £1 = Rs.141

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.pkInternational Dialling Code:    92

For help planning your trip to Pakistan including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Pakistan trip planning page.

Further information on Pakistan

Discover more about Pakistan - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of pakistan

Total area: 803,940 sq km (25,220 sq km under water)

Coastline: 1,046 km (Arabian Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Afghanistan (2,430km), China (523km), India (2,912km), Iran (909km)

Climate: Mostly hot, dry desert. The northwest has a temperate climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Arctic climate in northern mountainous region where it snows heavily.

Highest mountain: K2 (Mt. Godwin-Austen) (8,611m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Pakistan from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexHybrid regime 108/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 121/179
Press FreedomVery serious situation 157/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 126/174
Overall Ranking:    154/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Islamic Republic of Pakistan     Status: Independent Country

Population: 196,174,380 (rank: 6/196)     Density: 244 people/sq km (rank: 35/196)

Ethnic groups: Punjabi 44.68%, Pashtun (Pathan) 15.42%, Sindhi 14.1%, Sariaki 8.38%, Muhagirs 7.57%, Balochi 3.57%, other 6.28%

Religions: Muslim 95% (Sunni 75%, Shia 20%), other (includes Christian and Hindu) 5%

GDP (PPP): $574.1 billion       GDP per capita: $3,100 (rank: 146/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.