Islamabad is also home to the Faisal Mosque, the world’s fourth-largest mosque and the biggest religious building of its type in South Asia.
Islamabad is surrounded by mountains.
Nicknames for Islamabad include The Green City and Isloo.
Pakistan ranks as the world’s 71st biggest exporting nation, shipping an estimated US$20.7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Pakistan’s highest-value exports are textile linen (16.9% of its global total), unknitted and non-crocheted men’s clothing (8.8%), rice (5.9%) and unknitted and non-crocheted women’s clothing (5.5%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Islamabad, Pakistan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Faisal Mosque, Saudi Pak Tower Building, Pakistan Monument, Golrah Shrine and the Islamabad Stock Exchange Tower
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Islamabad, Pakistan.
- Azhar Ali, cricketer (born Feb. 19, 1985)
- Yousaf Raza Gillani, former prime minister (born Jun. 9, 1952)
- Zeeshan Abbasi, blind cricketer (born Jul. 12, 1982)
- Hamza Ali Abbasi, actor & filmmaker (born Jun. 23, 1984)
- Arbaz Khan, rapper (born Sep. 1, 2001)
- Shanzay Hayat, Miss Pakistan World 2013 (born Dec. 1, 1989)
- Madiha Iftikhar, actress & model (born Feb. 5, 1985)
- Adil Omar, singer-songwriter, rapper & producer (born May 17, 1991)
- Umair Jaswal, actor, singer-songwriter & producer (born Dec. 20, 1986)
- Adnan Saleem, cricketer (born Dec. 18, 1976)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Islamabad resident: Islamabadi
Population: 1,129,198 (Islamabad city)
Density: 3,232 people per square mile (1,246 per square kilometer)
Population: 220,728,314 (Pakistan) at June 16, 2020
Density: 742 people per square mile (287 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Pakistanis: 22.8 years old
GDP: US$1.202 trillion in 2019 (Pakistan overall)
GDP per person: $5,872
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Islamabadi were unavailable.
Official currency used in Islamabad: Pakistani rupee
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas.
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, South Asia: Pakistan.
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Official Government Website, City of Islamabad.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Capital Districts and Territories.
Wikipedia, Islamabad Capital Territory.
Wikipedia, Islamabad- Rawalpindi metropolitan area.
WorldOMeter, Pakistan Population.
Pakistanis celebrate Pakistan Day (also called Pakistan Resolution Day or Republic Day) as a public holiday each March 23.
Within Islamabad city limits is an area measuring 349.5 square miles (906.5 square kilometers), which serves as home to an estimated 1.1 million people at June 2020.
At the country level, Pakistan’s land area covers 297,638 square miles (770,880 square kilometers). The national population count was 220.7 million inhabitants as of June 2020.
Population density is higher within Pakistan’s capital city limits with an average 3,232 Islamabadis per square mile (1,246 per square kilometer).
For Pakistan overall, population density drops to an average 742 inhabitants per square mile (287 per square kilometer).