A tiny nation that long lived in isolation and managed to preserve its culture and its pristine landscapes, the Kingdom of Bhutan has somewhat a mythical status. This fascinating country with meandering roads and lush green valleys is tucked away in the laps of the mighty Himalayas and offers a host of surprises for its visitors. Guess what? It measures its success in terms of happiness and not money! So, here are 20 random Bhutan facts that will simply blow your mind…
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1. Did you know that the current King of Bhutan became world’s youngest reigning monarch. He was crowned when he was only 28 years old.
2. The nation is tucked between two of world’s rising superpowers – China and India. The only relation it has with China is a land dispute. Little to none diplomatic relationships exist between China and Bhutan.
3. On the contrary, Bhutan maintains good diplomatic relationships with India. Indian and Bhutanese can easily cross borders with just a valid ID proof. Nothing else is required. Many Bhutanese people get into India for acquiring higher education.
4. The Kingdom of Bhutan has a very small army of just 16,000 soldiers. They are trained by Indian Army. The total military budget of Bhutan is USD 13.7 million per year.
5. Bhutanese currency is known as Ngultrum and it always remains fixed to Indian currency – the Indian Rupee. Did you know that Indians can pay with Indian currency in Bhutan? It is widely accepted.
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6. Bhutan has an average life expectancy of 69.8 years. This data comes from 2015 report of World Health Organization.
7. Did you know that Bhutanese government provides basic health care for free. That may sound great but there is a tiny glitch. There aren’t many doctors in Bhutan and in 2007, there used to be just 1 doctor for every 50,000 Bhutanese people.
8. Bhutan is a really small country. The total area of the country is 14,800 square miles or 38,400 square kilometers. Comparatively, Switzerland is slightly bigger.
9. Bhutan was recognized as a country by United Nations only in 1974. That was the year when Bhutan received its first foreign tourists!
10. In order to receive good luck and also as a symbol of fertility, Bhutanese people paint large phallus on their houses!