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- Buddha

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Country Overview

Bhutan is a landlocked country located between China and India in Southern Asia, with a total land area of 47,000 sq km. The climate varies from tropical at lower elevations to severly cold in the mountains which reach an elevation of 7,553 m at Kula Kangri. Bhutan is translated as Land of the Thunder Dragon due to the hazards of it's mountainous terrain and fierce storms;

Government type is a monarchy, with King Jigme Singye Wangchuck acting as chief of state since 1972. He, Chairman of the Council of Ministers Sangay Ngedup and the cabinet reside in the capital of Thimphu;

Population is 900 thousand with a 3.1% rate of natural increase;

Language is officially Dzongkha, which the government has recently recognized and promoted as the national language. Eighteen other languages are spoken in this Himalayan Kingdom;

Economy is one of the world's smallest and least developed, with most people living in rural areas, making a living from agriculture and forestry. The economy has close ties to India, which receives 95% of Bhutan's exports, including cardamom, gypsum, timber and electricity;

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