Continent: Asia

Region: East-Asia

Area: 14,824 square miles (ranked 136th)

Capital: Thimpu

Population: 738,267 as of 2011

Main Language: Dzongkha (official language), Tshangla, Nepali

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Major: Psychology

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Fun Facts

  • Bhutan translates to “Edge of the Earth.”

  • Bhutan is the first country in the world with specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment. Among its requirements: at least 60 percent of the nation must remain under forest cover at all times.

  • Bhutan is the world's only carbon-sink – it absorbs more CO2 than it gives out – and the only country whose largest export is renewable energy: they sell hydroelectric power.

  • Thimpu is one of just two capital cities in Asia that does not have a single traffic light.

  • Anyone found guilty of killing a highly endangered and culturally sacred black-necked crane could be sentenced to life in prison.

  • Bhutan is one of the last countries in the world to introduce television to its people. The government lifted a ban on TV – and on the Internet – only in 1999.

  • "Business Week" magazine describe Bhutan as “Happiest Country in Asia” in 2006. Researchers put this down to strong national identity, beautiful scenery and, thanks to governmental limits on tourism and development, an intact national culture.