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Facts and Figures
(long form) Kingdom of Bhutan
Population & Density (all countries) here
Capital City Thimphu (66,500)
Currency Ngultrum (BTN)
Languages Dzongkha (official), and varied Tibetan and Nepalese dialects
National Day December 17
Religions Lamaistic Buddhist (75%), Indian and Nepalese-influenced Hinduism (25%)
Head of Government:Prime Minister Jigme Thinley since April 2008 (third non-consecutive term of office).
Language:Dzongkha is the official language. A large number of dialects are spoken, owing to the physical isolation of many villages. Sharchop Kha, from eastern Bhutan, is the most widely spoken. Nepali is common in the south of the country. English has been the language of educational instruction since 1964 and is widely spoken.
Religion:Mahayana Buddhism is the state religion; the majority of Bhutanese people follow the Drukpa school of the Kagyupa sect. Those living in the south are mainly Hindu.
Time:GMT + 6.
Electricity:220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Telephone:Services are restricted to the main centers. Country code: 975. All other calls must go through the international operator. Outgoing international code: 00.
Mobile telephone:Coverage is extensive but since the mobile network is now superseding the landline service, oversubscription can lead to problems.
Internet:Access is growing. There are Internet cafes in large towns and access in major hotels across the country.
Post:Airmail letters to Bhutan can take up to two weeks. Mail from Bhutan is liable to disruption, although this is due not to the inefficiency of the service but rather to the highly prized nature of Bhutanese stamps which often results in their being steamed off the envelopes en route.
Post Office hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1700, Sat 0900-1200 (summer); Mon-Fri 0900-1600, Sat 0900-1200 (winter).
Press:There are very few papers, Kuensel is the autonomous weekly. The Bhutan Times and Bhutan Observer are privately-owned.
Radio"Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) is the state-run radio station.