20 Brilliant Facts About Bhutan

1. Bhutan is a small landlocked country in Asia, on the edge of the Himalayas.
2. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the east, south and west.
3. The coordinates for Bhutan are 27.4170° N, 90.4350° E.
4. The terrain here is mostly mountainous, with valleys and flat plains in the central and southern regions.
5. The total land area of Bhutan is 17,954 square miles (46,500 square kilometres).
6. Bhutan’s population was 753,947 in 2013.
7. The capital is Thimphu which has a population of 116,000 (2015).
8. The average life span here is 66 years.
9. Bhutan is the only country in the world where the sale of tobacco is illegal!
10. 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!
11. Unlike many eastern countries, it is customary to refuse offers of food by placing your hands over your mouth in Bhutan!

12. 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.
13. 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.
14. The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha.
15. Unusually, the national sports of Bhutan are darts and archery!
16. Bhutanese Ngultrum is the official currency here, although the Indian Rupee is also accepted.
17. Bhutan grows corn, rice, citrus fruits and root crops and produces dairy products.
18. Its industry consists of wood products, cement, processed fruits and alcoholic beverages – quite a mixture!
19. Bhutan also exports cardamom, gypsum, timber, handicrafts and electricity.
20. If you’re travelling to Bhutan, make sure you pass the international dialling code on to your friends and family so that they can make cheap calls through Cherry Call and keep up with your adventures – it’s 00975.  Find out here, how to make cheap calls to Bhutan.

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