Few Interesting Facts About Bhutan
- Bhutan is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world.
- At 7,570 meters (24,836 feet) height, Ganshar Pueensum is the highest point in Bhutan and the highest unspoiled mountain in the world.
- Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures national happiness through an index known as gross national happiness. The United Nations used the idea in 2011 to develop an indicator covering social, health and environmental well-being, not just the economic index.
- In Bhutan, marriages with foreigners are prohibited.
- The Bhutanese manners dictate that you must refuse food when it comes to you. The tradition is to say the words "meshu meshu" and cover your mouth with your hands. You can agree, however, after two or three prompts.
- In 2010, Bhutan became the first country in the world to ban the production and sale of tobacco products. In 1916, Bhutan's first king called tobacco "the dirtiest and most harmful herb".
- Under the pressure of modernization, the King of Bhutan finally admitted TV and Internet access to the country in 1999. Bhutan is among the last countries in the world to accept television. The King warns that abuse of television may harm their old traditions.