20 Brilliant Facts about Bhutan
- Bhutan is a small landlocked country in Asia, on the edge of the Himalayas.
- It is bordered by China to the north and India to the east, south and west.
- The coordinates for Bhutan are 27.4170° N, 90.4350° E.
- If you’re travelling to Bhutan, make sure you pass the international dialling code on to your friends and family so that they can keep up with your adventures – it’s +975.
- The terrain here is mostly mountainous, with valleys and flat plains in the central and southern regions.
- The total land area of Bhutan is 17,954 square miles (46,500 square kilometres).
- Bhutan’s population was 807,610 in 2017.
- The capital is Thimphu which has a population of 114,551 (2017).
- The average life span here is 70.20 years (2016).
- Bhutan is the only country in the world where the sale of tobacco is illegal!
- Thimphu is also one of only two Asian capitals to have no traffic lights on its roads. One was installed, but promptly removed and replaced by traffic officers!
- Unlike many eastern countries, it is customary to refuse offers of food by placing your hands over your mouth in Bhutan!
Flag of Bhutan
- Bhutan is home to the highest unclimbed peak in the world! The government banned mountaineers from ascending any part of Gangkhar Puensum above 19,685ft because it is considered so sacred.
- The climate of Bhutan varies throughout the country; the southern plains have a tropical climate, whilst there are cool winters and hot summers in the central valleys and severe winters and cool summers in the Himalayas.
- The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha.
- Unusually, the national sports of Bhutan are darts and archery!
- Bhutanese Ngultrum is the official currency here, although the Indian Rupee is also accepted.
- Bhutan grows corn, rice, citrus fruits and root crops and produces dairy products.
- Its industry consists of wood products, cement, processed fruits and alcoholic beverages – quite a mixture!
- Bhutan also exports cardamom, gypsum, timber, handicrafts and electricity.
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