Nepal is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. With an area of 147,181 square kilometres and a population of approximately 27 million. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People's Republic of China. The major languages of Nepal are Nepali (48.6%), Maithili (11.7%), Bhojpuri (6.0%), Tharu (5.8%), Tamang (5.1%), Newar/Nepal Bhasa (3.2%), Magar (2.4%), Rai (2.8%), Awadhi (2.5%), Limbu (1.5%), and Bajjika (1%). According to government figures, in 2003 Nepal had 3,741 registered newspapers, of which 251 were published daily. Government-owned Gorkhapatra had the highest daily circulation at around 75,000. Most registered newspapers were published either weekly (1,304) or monthly (1,122).