Bhutan Country Quiz

🇧🇹 Can you guess these facts about the country of Bhutan?
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Last updated: August 12, 2020
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Capital city
Thimphu
Mountain range in which Bhutan is located
Himalayas
State religion
Buddhism
Bordering countries
China
India
"Autonomous" region of country #1 which Bhutan borders
Tibet
Bhutan has the highest average ______ of any country
Elevation
Animal depicted on the flag
Dragon
International body that Bhutan did not join until 1971
United Nations
Position held by Jigme Khesar since 2005
King
Many countries measure Gross National Product. What does Bhutan also measure?
Gross National
Happiness
Bhutan and Suriname are the only countries in the world that absorb more
of this than they emit
Carbon Dioxide
Former capital until 1955
Punakha
Official language
Dzongkha
Ancient trade-road that went through Bhutan
Silk Road
Gangkhar Puensum is generally considered to be the highest mountain in the world
that has never been _____
Climbed
Only three foreign countries have this type of diplomatic building in Bhutan
Embassy
Bhutan charges these type of people at least $200/day to be in Bhutan
Tourists
Bhutan is the only country where this is the most popular sport (hint: starts with A)
Archery
In 2010, Bhutan became the first country to ban the sale of this unhealthy product
Tobacco
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Level 81
Jun 19, 2020
Just because China calls Tibet an "autonomous region" doesn't make it so.
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Level ∞
Jun 19, 2020
So true. Put "autonomous" in quotes since obviously the autonomous regions are nothing of the sort.
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Level 71
Dec 10, 2020
But if it's going to be referred to in that way, then Xizang should work.
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Level 64
Jun 20, 2020
Is there a specific reason why they charge tourists 180/day to be there?
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Level 78
Jun 20, 2020
They don't particularly want tourists I imagine
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Level 74
Jun 20, 2020
You gotta make that gross national happiness somehow.
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Level 73
Jun 20, 2020
To say it is a $180 tourist fee is rather inaccurate. This payment covers accommodation, transport within Bhutan, food, non alcoholic drinks and the hire of a guide - pretty much everything that most tourists would need during a day in Bhutan. The $180 also covers the tourist fee, which stands at a rather more modest $65 per day.
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Level 55
Jul 5, 2020
Yeah, it covers everything except for drinks, snacks and shopping. It is a good way for the government to promote sustainable tourism and they don't have a lot of other industries so it ensures that the money goes to the right places. It also helps the government keep track of who enters the country and ensures that they maintain the image of the country.
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Level 52
Dec 10, 2020
Actually Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians can go to Bhutan without the fee and afaik Indians don't even need a passport and you can legit just walk past the gate in the border town Phuentsholing.
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Level ∞
Jun 20, 2020
Hmm... Hard to say exactly. $65 is the sustainable development fee but there are surely other fees as well. In any case, it looks like the minimum is now $200/day so I updated it.
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Level 67
Jun 24, 2020
I think it would be a good idea to mention it includes accommodation etc. That gives an entirely different picture! I didn't know that, or that there was a fee to begin with, but it is 2 completely different scenarios.

Glad wanderingwalrus mentioned it. I guess some good does come from those walrusses wandering ;)

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Level 67
Jun 24, 2020
When rephrased as, how much would it cost you for:

*free accomodation, with a minumum of 3 stars

*all meals free

*unlimited transport free of charge

*free licensed guide

*free use of camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

*including tourist royalty and all internal taxes and charges

It sounds totally different appealing instead of appalling (not that I thought that, but the words fit so

nicely :)).

My last vacantion abroad we didn't travel around much because it got crazy expensive, and a

hassle, not knowing what special day month week passes you need etc. So to be able to travel

around without worry sounds pretty good.

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Level ∞
Jun 25, 2020
$200 is the minimum per person. For a family of 4, that's $800/day in a poor country where wages are extremely low. And that's the minimum. From my experience, all-inclusive packages are almost never all inclusive. All told, traveling to Bhutan is going to be prohibitively expensive for middle class tourists. But if Bhutan only wants rich people to visit them that is certainly their right.
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Level 53
Dec 10, 2020
On the other hand if you want to visit Bhutan as a middle-class person you can. I once almost booked a trip that was 3 weeks for around 4000 euros. That is quite ok, I'd say.
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Level 64
Dec 10, 2020
@quizmaster - in the case of all-inclusive, it actually is for Bhutan. The rates compare favourably with what it would cost to do a similar tour in countries such as Nepal and India. One reason they have the daily rate is that the population is small, so they don't want to be overrun by tourists who don't put much into the economy the way that Nepal was in the 1970s.
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Level 66
Dec 10, 2020
Can't blame them. In a poor country that hasn't been as successful at industrializing as some of its neighbors, tourism is probably one of the best ways to earn revenue. The cost doesn't seem worth it to me personally, but there are probably tons of rich people who would be willing to pay the price to see what I've heard is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2020
Plus children don't pay it, so unless it's a family of 4 adults it wouldn't be $800 per day! Try arranging a trip to Nepal for a family of 4 and you'll find it's about the same. A bit disingenuous.
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Level 49
Dec 11, 2020
Carbon emmision cap
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Level 75
Jul 3, 2020
scaled for climbed?
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Level 83
Jul 22, 2020
Interestingly their name in-country is Druk yul meaning the Land of the Thunder Dragon. I guess that explains the flag.
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Level 53
Aug 4, 2020
According to wikipedia "Strictly speaking, it is the diplomatic delegation itself that is the embassy, while the office space and the diplomatic work done is called the chancery."
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Level 66
Sep 11, 2020
I thought there would have been a question about that one time they exiled 1/6th of their population a couple decades ago
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Level 51
Sep 16, 2020
I love the idea of a country that measures (and presumably values) its citizens' happiness.
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Level 83
Nov 17, 2020
Gross happiness sounds like national toilet humor.
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Level 85
Dec 10, 2020
The more you fart, the happier you become?
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Level 65
Dec 10, 2020
Plus they banned tobacco and love archery. Bhutan's got a few in the plus column for sure.
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Level 60
Dec 10, 2020
I hate tobacco and I hate smelling the smoke and getting potentially carcegenous material into my lungs, and I hate that my health insurance payments are used to pay for the cancer treatments of those smoking idiots, but I find it highly questionable that states simply ban things when they do not approve of them. In my opinion smokers should be alloud to smoke in their homes, they don't harm anyone but themselves there. As long as they have to pay their cancer treatment themselves, through higher health insurance payments due to their increased risk of getting chronical diseases, I don't want to intrude into other people's lives and stop them from doing what they like to do. They only have one life, and if they want to spend it smoking that's their choice and not mine. We love imposing our ideals onto everyone, especially when we are "right", but shouldn't we be more considerate and let people live their lives as they see fit?
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Level 60
Dec 10, 2020
We love to think we're helping them, doing it for their own good, but what if their goal in life isn't turning ninety? They might just want to enjoy life, and smoking might be a part of that for them.
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Level 50
Dec 10, 2020
I think the government just wants people to stop suffocating themselves.
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Level 55
Dec 11, 2020
Disagree. Protecting the citizens is the duty of the state and society . Smoking not only leads to deadly diseases , but being addictive, takes a financial toll on the person and the family as well. This problem is magnified among the poor people.
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Level 60
Dec 11, 2020
I don't think that soft drug consumption should be a thing the state gets to control inside your own home. The state has to live with some of the harm caused by human stupidity. It can't just prohibit everything through which someone causes himself harm.
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Level 60
Dec 10, 2020
easier than i thought
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Level 30
Dec 10, 2020
ALL HAIL THE THUNDER DRAGON EMPIRE!!!
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Level 59
Dec 10, 2020
Are there any non-foreign embassies in Bhutan?
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Level 33
Dec 11, 2020
Dragon is not an animal lol
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Level 56
Dec 15, 2020
I would say it is. A fictional animal, but an animal nonetheless.
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Level 72
Dec 20, 2020
My Gross National Happiness is increasing as I get closer to this Country Trivia Badge!