Flag of the Kingdom of Bhutan     

Scenery of Bhutan


Country Bhutan  

(link to map of Bhutan and link to area around Bhutan)

Continent Asia (in the Himalayan mountains; neighbors: Tibet (China) & India)
Capital Thimphu
Population 753, 947
Language Dzongkha
Religion Lamaistic Buddhism, Hinduism
Terrain Mostly mountainous with some fertile valleys and savannah
Sports Archery is the national sport. Other sports are basketball, soccer and fusbal.
Animals Red Pandas; Elephants; Golden Langurs; Bengal Tigers
Facts of Interest The word “Bhutan” translates to “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” The nickname derives from the strong storms that roll in from the Himalayas.

Bhutan is the only country in the world where the sale of tobacco is banned.

The government lifted a ban on TV and the Internet in 1999.

Concerns Bhutan has religious freedom (as of 2008), but forbids “coercion or inducement” which has been interpreted to forbid Christians from evangelizing.

Bhutan is locked in an ongoing dispute with China over the common boundary between the two countries.

Bhutan’s economy is small but has the capacity for much growth if they are able to build hydropower plants. They are currently behind schedule in building 12 plants.

Mission Bhutan is one of the least evangelized countries in the world. Christians are persecuted and prior to 2008, Bhutanese who became Christians would lose their citizenship. Most ministry is situated near the border with Nepal. Although there is religious freedom, there is still much reported persecution of Christians.