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Bhutan, a Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (or dzongs) and dramatic landscapes that range from subtropical plains to steep mountains and valleys. In the High Himalayas, peaks such as 7,326m Jomolhari are popular trekking destinations. Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger’s Nest) clings to cliffs above the forested Paro Valley.

Languages: Sharchhopka 28%, Dzongkha (official) 24%, Lhotshamkha 22%, other 26% (includes foreign languages) (2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Ngalop (also known as Bhote) 50%, ethnic Nepalese 35% (includes Lhotsampas - one of several Nepalese ethnic groups), indigenous or migrant tribes 15%

Belief Systems: Lamaistic Buddhist 75.3%, Indian- and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism 22.1%, other 2.6% (2005 est.)


Population: 773646 people (World Rank: 166th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 52.2 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 198th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.58 %/yr (World Rank: 79th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 68.3 years (World Rank: 163rd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 24.4 years (World Rank: 118th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Bhutan

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Bhutan
University of Texas Library

Bhutan - Wikipedia Entry

Bhutan - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Bhutan

Bhutan - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Bhutan

Culture and Tourism:

Traditional musical instruments from Bhutan
from musicofbhutan.org

Recipes from Bhutan
from pinterest.com

Tourism Bhutan
All about Bhutan as a tourism destination

Festivals in Bhutan
List of Festivals in Bhutan

Paro Taktsang
Sacred Himalayan Bhuddist monastery

Mount Everest
Visit the tallest mountain in the world

Visit Bhutan's capital city

Dzongkha Language Resources:

Learn Dzongkha
Online Dzongkha language resource

Study in Bhutan
Study in Bhutan through the School for Field Studies

Government Related:

Bhutanese Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Bhutanese Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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