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Bhutan is a tiny and remote kingdom nestling in the Himalayas between its powerful neighbors, India and China. Almost completely cut off for centuries, it has tried to let in some aspects of the outside world while fiercely guarding its ancient traditions.
Bhutan, Druk Yul, means "Land of the Thunder Dragon" and it only began to open up to outside world in the 1970s. The Wangchuck dynasty has wielded power since 1907. But Bhutan became a two-party parliamentary democracy after elections in March 2008.
Some Interesting Facts About Bhutan
Fact 1# With only around 14,800 square miles (38,400 square kilometers) of territory, the country is slightly smaller than Switzerland. Much of the terrain is made up of mountainous slopes.
Fact 2# In 2010, Bhutan became the first country in the world to ban the production and sales of tobacco products. Smoking in public areas is illegal; however, tobacco can be used in private. In 1916, the first King of Bhutan called tobacco "the most filthy and noxious herb." Violators are slapped with a harsh fine: the equivalent of over two months' salary.
Fact 3# Bhutan has a mandatory national dress code. Men wear traditional, knee-length garments and women must wear ankle-length colorful dresses.
Fact 4# Bhutan is the only country in the world to officially measure national happiness. The index is known as GNH (Gross National Happiness). Rather than placing emphasis on GDP, Bhutan attempts to track the happiness of its population. The United Nations bought into the idea in 2011 and released the World Happiness Report in 2012. The annual report uses Gallup data and ranks countries by factors such as social, health, and environmental wellness rather than just economic concerns.
Fact 5# Education and health care/ facilities are free in Bhutan.
Fact 6# The state religion of Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism. Vajrayana follows tantric Buddhist texts.
Fact 7# Just recently, Travel planet has listed Bhutan as the Number 1 country to travel in 2020.
Fact 8# Bhutan is the only carbon negative country in the world, blessed with rich flora and fauna. Further it has the most unique and enchanting culture and tradition.