If Bhutan were a celebrity, it would be Johnny Depp — reclusive, a bit odd, but endearing none the less.
1.Bhutan is the only country in the world that absorbs more CO2 than it gives out. It is also the only country whose largest export is renewable energy, which is hydroelectric power.
2.It is known as “Land of the Thunder Dragon” because of the violent storms.
3.Thimphu is one of two capital cities in Asia that does not have a single traffic light.
4.Bhutan is the only nation in the world where the sale of tobacco is banned.
5.At 24,840 feet, Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan—and the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.
6.Anyone found guilty of killing a highly endangered and culturally sacred black-necked crane could be sentenced to life in prison.
7.Paro Airport is the only international airport of Bhutan. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Himalayas, Paro is one of the world’s most challenging airports for pilots. Indeed, only eight pilots in the world are currently certified to land here.
8.Bhutan is the first country in the world with specific constitutional obligations on its people to protect the environment. Among its requirements: At least 60 percent of the nation must remain under forest cover at all times.