Map Page 1123 Area 29,204 square mi (47,000 square km) Population 2,139,549 (2004) Capital Thimphu Highest Point 24,780 ft (7,553 m) Lowest Point 318 ft (97 m) GDP per capita $1,300 Primary Natural Resources hydropower.
BHUTAN IS A LANDLOCKED country located in the eastern part of the HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, bordered by INDIA in the south, east, and west and by TIBET in the north.
At its lowest east-west corridor, Bhutan stretches around 186 mi (300 km), and it measures approximately 105 mi (170 km) at its north-south direction.
There are three main ethnic groups in Bhutan.
The Ngalungs or Ngalops (often called Drukpas) live in the northwestern part of the country.
They speak Dzonkha and are called Drukpas as they follow the Drukpa Kargyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The second ethnic group is called Sharchops and they inhabit the eastern and central region and practice Nyingmapa, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism.
The Sharchops speak Tsangla, Kheng, Kurteop, Sharchopkha, and Brokpa dialects.
The third major ethnic group is called Lhotshampas and they live in the southern foothills of Bhutan and speak primarily a Nepali language.
Bhutan is ruled by a hereditary monarch who governs the country with the support of a national assembly and the council of ministers.
Bhutan does not have any written constitution.
In 2001, the Bhutanese king commissioned the drafting of a constitution, which is to become effective in 2005.
The royal government of Bhutan is guided by the aid and advice of the government of India in regard to its external relations.
India is responsible for defense and foreign relations as per Article 2 of the Indo-Bhutan treaty.
Bhutan is primarily an agricultural country.
The traditional form of agriculture is the main subsistence occupation for the majority of Bhutanese people, who involve themselves with agriculture, livestock, and related activities.
The hydroelectricity power sector provides the single biggest revenue to Bhutan.
India has been the prime market for Bhutan's finished products and imports.
Bhutan imports from India necessary household items such as rice, vegetables, poultry, fish, wheat, and salt.
Bhutan also imports other items such as petroleum products, automobiles, steel, sugar, medicines, and textile goods.
Bhutan has been identified as one of the 10 biodiversity hot spots in the world and as one of the 221 global bird areas.
Its ecosystems harbor some of the most endangered species of the Himalayas, with an estimated 770 species of birds and over 50 species of rhododendron.
They are enriched by a rich a wildlife with animals such as the snow leopard, golden langur, blue sheep, water buffalo, tiger, and elephant.
- Spain is inviting to go shopping to the “unexplored” cities
"By 2019 the country is planning to increase their income up to 5 billion euro from selling goods and services to the tourists.
Spain is quite a hyped up place where one can go shopping. Still, the country’s annual profit reaches 1.6 billion euro from holidaymakers. Madrid and Barcelona are considered to be highly-visited touristic cities, which is about 37-47% of tourist-shoppers accordingly. The rest is dispersed among the other cities in Spain.
However, the local authorities are not so satisfied with such a situation. They intend to build up the population settlements with shopping streets which were before unknown to the foreign shoppers. It is said that in the near future the experienced tourists will realize the shopping capabilities of the country, besides the two most attractive cities, Madrid and Barcelona. "
- A new camera came out that allows you to make unique photos
"This technical sensation gets its owner to make “not simple” photos.
Germany has developed an interesting type of camera. When running GPS it founds itself on the map and searches for the photographs on the web, which are linked to the geolocation and which are made at a distance of 30-35 m away from the camera. If it gives you out more than thirty five searches the camera will fail when the shutter button is pressed and no snapshot will be made. This smart device can only count the number of pictures shot at one place so far without taking into account its content. However, it is believed that this drawback is to be solved soon. It’s likely that in the nearest future a specially designed app for smartphones is to come out with the same functional features.
Device developers say that using this camera they want to teach tourists how to make real and original shots and at the same time clear the internet from the identical photographs. "