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Monday, 20 August 2012

Bhutan

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is a mountainous, landlocked country in southeast Asia, bounded north and west by Tibet  and to the south and east by India.

Bhutan has the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum. The mountain is sacred and the Bhutanese government has banned mountaineering on any peak above 6,000 metres (19,685 feet).

Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned the first King of Bhutan on December 17, 1907.

In 1972, Bhutan declared Gross National Happiness to be more important that Gross National Product.

Bhutan issued a stamp in 1973 that looked like a record and actually would play the Bhutanese national anthem if placed on a turntable.

As at 1980, Bhutan was the only country in the world with no telephones.

Bhutan ended its status as the only country in the world to prohibit television on June 2, 1999 when the state-run Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) came on the air. It started broadcasting on the night of the silver jubilee of Bhutan's king, Jigme Singye Wangchuck.

Bhutan Broadcasting Service logo


In Bhutan, marijuana plants were historically used as pig food—until the country got television in 1999 and learned cannabis was a drug.

Until 2005 no one knew how many people lived in Bhutan. A national census was carried out in that year and it turned out that the population was 672,425.

Bhutan officially became a democracy, with its first ever general election on March 24, 2008. The Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party, led by Jigme Thinley, won 45 out of 47 seats in the country's National Assembly.


All citizens of Bhutan officially become one year older on New Year's Day.

Less than 16 per cent of Bhutan is arable but 94 per cent of the population are dependent on agriculture, the highest proportion in the world.

Bhutan is the world’s only carbon sink – it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out – and the only country whose largest export is renewable energy: they sell hydroelectric power.

In keeping with the Buddhist idea that humans and nature form a symbiotic relationship, 72 per cent of the country is forested, and it is in their constitution that 60 per cent always will be.


Bhutan is the only country that has archery as its national sport.

Source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/qi/9706238/QI-Some-Quite-interesting-facts-about-Bhutan.html and my knowledge

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