Quick facts about Bhutan

Southasia - - REGION BHUTAN -

Pop­u­la­tion 0.7 mil­lion GDP: $ 5bil­lion Un­em­ploy­ment: 3.2% In­fla­tion (CPI): 9.1% FDI: $16mil­lion

Join­ing United Na­tions in 1971, the King­dom of Bhutan lies be­tween two pow­er­ful neigh­bors, In­dia and China, and was almost com­pletely cut off from the rest of the world for cen­turies. Since then, it has been try­ing to let in some as­pects of the out­side world while fiercely guard­ing its an­cient tra­di­tions. The Bhutanese name for the coun­try is Druk Yul, which means “The Land of the Thun­der Dragon”. The Wangchuck hered­i­tary monar­chy wielded power in 1907 and paved the way for democ­racy and con­sti­tu­tion in 2008. Premier Tob­gay says about the much lauded con­cept of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness that it is overused and masks the real prob­lems like in­creas­ing debt, chronic un­em­ploy­ment, poverty and cor­rup­tion. Bhutan’s an­cient Bud­dhist cul­ture and breathtaking land­scapes make it a nat­u­ral tourist at­trac­tion. The coun­try is lucky to have a wise and vi­sion­ary monar­chy that, be­sides uni­fy­ing the coun­try, has helped it in its trans­for­ma­tion from be­ing a monar­chy to a demo­cratic state.

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