Outline of Bhutan

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The location of Bhutan
An enlargeable map of the Kingdom of Bhutan

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Bhutan:

The Kingdom of Bhutan /bˈtɑːn/ is a landlocked sovereign country located in South Asia.1 Bhutan is located amidst the eastern end of the Himalaya Mountains and is bordered to the south, east and west by India and to the north by China. Bhutan is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim. The Bhutanese call their country Druk Yul (land of the thunder dragon).2

Foreign influences and tourism in Bhutan are regulated by the government to preserve the nation's traditional culture, identity and the environment, however, in 2006 Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the eighth happiest country in the world.3 The landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The state religion is Vajrayana Buddhism, and the population is predominantly Buddhist, with Hinduism being the second-largest religion. The capital and largest city is Thimphu. After centuries of direct monarchic rule, Bhutan held its first democratic elections in March 2008. Bhutan is a member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

General reference

An enlargeable basic map of Bhutan

Geography of Bhutan

An enlargeable topographic map of Bhutan
 India 605 km
 China 470 km
  • Coastline: none

Environment of Bhutan

An enlargeable satellite image of Bhutan

Natural geographic features of Bhutan

Regions of Bhutan

Ecoregions of Bhutan

Main article: Ecoregions in Bhutan

Administrative divisions of Bhutan

Main article: Administrative divisions of Bhutan
Districts of Bhutan
No. District Former spelling Bhutanese Romanization used by the Dzongkha Development Commission
1. Bumthang བུམ་ཐང་ Bºumtha
2. Chukha Chhukha ཆུ་ཁ་ Chukha
3. Dagana དར་དཀར་ནང་ Dºagana
4. Gasa མགར་ས་ Gâsa
5. Haa ཧད་ / ཧཱ་
6. Lhuntse Lhuntshi ལྷུན་རྩེ་ Lhüntsi
7. Mongar མོང་སྒར་ Mongga
8. Paro སྤ་གྲོ་ Paro
9. Pemagatshel Pemagatsel པདྨ་དགའ་ཚལ་ Pemagatshä
10. Punakha སྤུ་ན་ཁ་ Punakha
11. Samdrup Jongkhar བསཾ་གྲུབ་ལྗོངས་མཁར་ Samdru Jongkha
12. Samtse Samchi བསམ་རྩེ་ Samtsi
13. Sarpang གསར་སྦང་ Sarbang
14. Thimphu ཐིམ་ཕུག་ Thimphu
15. Trashigang Tashigang བཀྲ་ཤིས་སྒང་ Trashigang
16. Trashiyangste བཀྲ་ཤིས་གཡང་རྩེ་ Trashi'yangste
17. Trongsa Tongsa ཀྲོང་གསར་ Trongsa
18. Tsirang Chirang རྩི་རང་ Tsirang
19. Wangdue Phodrang Wangdi Phodrang དབང་འདུས་ཕོ་བྲང་ 'Wangdi Phodrºa
20. Zhemgang Shemgang གཞལ་སྒང་ Zhºämgang
Gewogs (village blocks) of Bhutan
Municipalities of Bhutan

Demography of Bhutan

Main article: Demographics of Bhutan

Government and politics of Bhutan

Main article: Government of Bhutan and Politics of Bhutan

Branches of government

Executive branch of the government of Bhutan

Legislative branch of the government of Bhutan

Judicial branch of the government of Bhutan

Foreign relations of Bhutan

Bhutanese refugees

International organization membership

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a member of:1

Law and order in Bhutan

Main article: Law of Bhutan

Military of Bhutan

Main article: Military of Bhutan

Local government in Bhutan

History of Bhutan

Main article: History of Bhutan, Timeline of the history of Bhutan, and Current events of Bhutan

Historical events

Historical families and figures

Historical government

Ancient Kingdoms

Culture of Bhutan

Main article: Culture of Bhutan

Art in Bhutan

Languages in Bhutan

Sports in Bhutan

Main article: Sports in Bhutan

Economy and infrastructure of Bhutan

Main article: Economy of Bhutan

Education in Bhutan

Health in Bhutan

See also



External links

Wikimedia Atlas of Bhutan

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