The word 'Nepali' is also written as 'Nepalese' by few people.
It is the official language of Nepal and also one of 23 Official languages of India incorporated in 8th annex of the Indian constitution. It is a lingua-franca of the state of Sikkim and has official language status in West Bengal's Darjeeling district. Similarly it is spoken in State of Uttaranchal as well as in the state of Assam. Roughly half of the population of Nepal speaks Nepali as a mother tongue but it is spoken as a second language by most of the Nepali people.
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