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Officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan, this tiny landlocked country is nestled in the Himalayas and borders Tibet and India.  Here are 7 fascinating facts we bet you didn't know about Bhutan.

1. The capital city

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is one of the few city in the world that doesn’t have traffic lights. They were introduced briefly but proved unpopular with local people.

2. TV and internet

Did you know that there was a ban on TV and internet access until 1999 in Bhutan? 

3. Happiness


Bhutan takes the happiness of its citizens seriously. So much so that it is the only country on the planet to measure national happiness using an index known as Gross National Happiness.

4. Reclusive

Bhutan has gained a reputation as a reclusive nation and this is unsurprising when you consider that foreign tourists were not allowed into the country until 1974. To this day, Bhutan citizens are still not allowed to marry foreigners.

5. Ban on tobacco

The only country in the world not to sell or produce tobacco is Bhutan, after a ban was issued in 2010.

6. Highest unclimbed mountain

Bhutan is home to the highest unclimbed mountain in the world – Gangkhar Puensum, which stands at 7570 m (24,836 ft).

7. A year older...

If you are a citizen of Bhutan, then you don’t actually become one year older on your birthday. Rather, you become one year older on New Year’s Day. Birthday cake all round!


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