Facts of Bhutan

by Sushanka Malakar 14 days ago in culture

Some unknown facts about the land of thunder dragon

Facts of Bhutan

Bhutan is a small country in the eastern Himalayas surrounded by big countries India and China. Bhutan is geographically in South Asia and is the region's second-least-populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and the largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center. In South Asia, Bhutan ranks first in economic freedom, ease of doing business and peace and is the least corrupt country in the region as of 2016. The head of state is the King of Bhutan, known as the "Dragon King”. Name of the Dragon king is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The official language is Dzongkha (written in the Tibetan script).

Some facts about Bhutan

National dress code: As per the Bhutanese tradition, every Bhutanese people need to wear traditional cloths in public. Men wear a heavy knee length robe called a Goh and women wear a long dress called as kira. This dress code is existed for over 400 years. You can even identify a person’s social status by the color of scarf they wear draped over their left shoulder. Ordinary people wear white scarfs and the noble person and the monks uses yellow scarf.

No homeless people: A country that has no homeless people in the street. If a person became homeless that person just need to go to there king and the king gives the person a land to make a home to live and a place to plant a garden to eat from.

Free health care: Every Bhutanese resident has a right for free health medical care. A person will decide whether to receive traditional or the classical medicine for their treatment, which is completely free.

Tobacco Free county: In 2010 the king enacted a low to prohibiting the cultivation, harvesting and selling of Tobacco. It makes Bhutan the first country in the world with total ban on Tobacco. If any tourist caught with tobacco or try to smuggling tobacco that person have to pay a huge amount of fee even a criminal charge.

Ecology: According to a law, at least 60% of the countries total area must be covered with wood. In 2015 Bhutanese people makes a world record by planting 50,000 trees in just 1 hour. Bhutan is the only carbon negative country in the world, it means it absorb more carbon dioxide than it produces. In this country import or use of chemical product is illegal.

Most dangerous Airport in the world: Paro airport the only international airport in this country. This airport is in a fantastically beautiful location with breath taking views of the Himalayas. But it’s also one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Only the best pilots are allowed to fly to Bhutan. Due to strong winds, high altitude and a very small runway it’s very much difficult for the pilots to take off and land the airplane. So, take offs and landing of the airplane is only allowed in daylight hours. There are only 8 pilots in the world who are allowed to do it. An estimated 30,000 tourists use the airport each year, often for holidays in Bhutan.

Traffic signals: All the road signs in Bhutan are drawn by hand. Bhutan is the only country in the world that doesn't have a single traffic light in its capital city Thimphu in fact there are no traffic lights in the entire country. Instead, policemen in Thimphu stand at major intersections and direct traffic.

The ministry of happiness: Bhutan is the only country in the world has an official ministry of happiness. In 2008, the gross national happiness committee was formed in Bhutan to take care of people’s inner peace. They believe in Gross National Happiness (GNH) is just as important to measure as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In a 2015 survey it found that 91% of the population consider themselves happy. The quality of life in the country is determined by the balance between there financial and mental values.

Ladies first: Women’s are respected and honored in Bhutan. Unlike the other countries all properties and belongings like their homes, cattle and land to the eldest daughter not son. Men are expected to earn their own fortunes.

Wedding ritual: In Bhutan its prohibited to marry foreigners. In the marriage ceremony there is a ritual called Changphoed, where deities are offered a locally grown brew. After the offering the remaining brew is served and shared by the bride and groom. After the ritual are performed, the completed as per the rule the man moves into the woman’s house and only when he earns enough money can they move to new house.

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