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Before we begin our daily fact series, just go through some basic facts about the Bhutan:
- Name: The Kingdom of Bhutan.
- Continent: Asia.
- Capital: Thimphu
- Moto: Gross National Happiness
- Anthem: Druk tsendhen “The Thunder Dragon Kingdom”
- Official Languages: Dzongkha or Bhutanese
- Unification of Bhutan: 1616–1634
- Monarch: Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
- Prim Minister: Lotay Tshering
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Bhutan is a landlocked nation and is surrounded by beautiful scenic Himalayan Mountains. However, the Bhutanese Government doesn’t encourage trekking and for that reason, the highest mountain in Bhutan and the 40th Highest Mountain in the world, Gangkar Puensum remains unclimbed till date.
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Bhutan is also one of the few countries, where there are no traffic lights. Even in it’s busiest capital city Thimpu which has huge traffic, Bhutan manages its traffic efficiently. This has been possible with traffic policemen.
Bhutan is also a country that has never been invaded. It’s inaccessible territories and mountains protected the Bhutanese people from foreign invaders.
Gross National Happiness in Bhutan is based on four pillars: Sustainable Development, Preserving the cultural values (wearing the national dress), Conservation of the Natural Environment, and Establishment of Good Governance.
Bhutan is the only nation in the world where a King had decided to introduce a system of democracy without any coup or war in the nation.
Bhutan is the first country that had implemented a ban on plastic bags. Since the imposition of plastic bags in the year 1999, it’s illegal to carry and use plastic bags in Bhutan.
In Bhutan, the crime rates are very low. The reason being, Buddhism, that teaches love and compassion.
Bhutan’s healthcare and education facilities also make the nation stand out from most of the nation. Bhutan Government ensures free healthcare and education facilities to Bhutanese people.
In Bhutan, people are not supposed to marry foreigners. Bhutanese can only marry people from Bhutan and are forbidden from marrying foreigners.
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In Bhutan, usually, a man is moved into the home of his new wife. It’s only in Bhutan that this system is in existence.
Inheritance of land and house is generally passed on to the eldest daughter rather than the eldest son in Bhutan.
Bhutan is the only nation in the world that has decided to ban and for this purpose, the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010 was introduced by the government of Bhutan.
Bhutan became a democracy in the year 2008 when the nation had its first democratic elections. The king of Bhutan is the Head of the State. The Current King of Bhutan is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, he is the fifth king of Bhutan.
Bhutan was the last country in the world to introduce Internet services and allow the use of Television.
Bhutan was reluctant to allow television and the internet earlier. However, with an intention to modernize the nation, the King of Bhutan finally allowed television and access into the country in the year 1999.
Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan. It stands at an elevation of seven thousand five hundred and seventy meters. 7570 meters. The Government of Bhutan prohibits access to Gangkar Puensum and therefore it has never been conquered since 1987.
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In Bhutan, citizens are obliged to wear their national costumes when they go to work or visit monastic buildings. The dress code is a judo-style suit known as go for men and a silk jacket known as kira for women.
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Bhutan’s national game is Archery. The Significance of bows and arrows can be seen in many Bhutanese mythologies. They also have an archery team in the Olympics games.
Smoking and usage of tobacco products are a punishable offense in Bhutan’s public places like Streets, Cinema Halls, Restaurants, etc.. The offenders are punishable with imprisonment for a term from 3 to 5 years.
In Bhutan, images of Phallus represent good luck, prosperity, & potency. You will find images of Phallus on the walls very often. Bhutanese people use these images on their walls to ward off the evil spirits and bring them prosperity and good luck.
Bhutan does not consider GDP as an indicator of economic growth and development and hence, therefore, they have introduced another indicator known as GNP, i.e Gross National Happiness.
Bhutan is very concerned about the protection of the environment. It is the first country that has implied obligations on its citizens to protect and preserve nature and the environment. As per their constitution, 60 percent of the nation must always remain under the forest covers.
Bhutan is also called as the carbon negative country of the world. The reason being, it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits.
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Bhutan’s Captial city Thimpu doesn’t have traffic lights in the city.
The country of “Bhutan” implies “the Land of the Thunder Dragon. It derives its nickname because of the storms that are so fierce often rolling from the Himalayas.
Bhutan is the last country in the world that has adopted Television and the internet. Prior to 1999, the country had no access to television and Internet services.
Bhutan was reluctant to adopt Television since the king believed it could damage the tradition of the nation. However, in the year 1999, the King of Bhutan allowed access to television and the internet with an intention to modernize Bhutan.
King of Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the youngest reigning monarch in the world. He was handed the crown by his father at the age of 28 making him the youngest monarch around the glob.e
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In the year 2008, the King of Bhutan handed the crown to his eldest son, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck at the age of 28.
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Bhutan is the only country in the world that celebrates the festival of welcoming the migrating birds.
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