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Fun Fact April 14, 2020.

14 April 2020


Bhutan, or more properly The Kingdom of Bhutan, is a land locked country located in the Eastern Himalayans in South Asia.  the Bhutanese developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism and the countries independence has endured for centuries.   The country’s landscape ranges from lush subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan mountains in the north, where there are peaks higher than 7,000 meters or 23,000 feet. Gangkhar Puensum is Bhutan’s highest peak and may also be the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. In South Asia, Bhutan ranks first in economic freedom, ease of doing business, and peace, and, as of 2016, is the least corrupt country in the region. It is also the least developed, but expects to be off this list by 2023.  The many rivers contribute to the countries largest export, hydroelectricity. The head of state is the King of Bhutan, or “Dragon King,” but the government is parliamentary a democracy.  Bhutan maintains diplomatic relations with 52 countries and the European Union, but does not have formal ties with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.  It is a member of the United Nations.  The Kingdom of Bhutan uses “Gross National Happiness” as an important national measurement of how well things are going.