The Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny landlocked nation nestled within the folds of the Himalayas between India and China, has been protected from outside influences for many years. To guard their culture, the nation did not allow tourists to visit Bhutan until 1974, and neither television nor internet was allowed until 1999. In 2006, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, an Oxford-educated young man ushered in an era of greater democracy for the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Bhutan prides itself on its GNH. Many years ago their king declared, “Gross national happiness is more important than gross national product.” Today, Bhutan is ranked eighth happiest nation in the world.
The official language is Dzongkha. The name translates as the language of the Dzong, the imposing multi-purpose buildings that have long served many functions in Bhutan, including as monastery, fortress and government center.
Buddhism is not just a religion in Bhutan, it is a “way of life” and at least 75 percent of the people of Bhutan are Buddhists.
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