16 Facts About Bhutan: Free Healthcare, No Homeless People, No Traffic Lights

This mysterious and picturesque country located between India and China was closed for tourists until 1974. Today, everyone who’s ready to go through a lot of formalities and has enough money can visit Bhutan. Ans even though the borders are open, the King still tries to restrict the number of tourists using many different methods.

This is a country that decided to measure national happiness, has completely free healthcare, and nobody living on the streets. Sounds unbelievable, but this is all true about Bhutan, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. So, wanna know why all the people who live in Bhutan are so happy? Let’s find out more about their traditions and numerous bans.

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TIMESTAMPS:
No homeless people at all 0:31
Free healthcare 0:48
Unplugged 1:10
National Dress Code 1:44
No Smoking! 2:14
Ecology is everything 2:48
They like it hot! 3:31
Touring obstacles 4:07
Ladies first 5:00
100% Organic? 5:19
They keep food on the roof 6:12
Only the best pilots are allowed to fly to Bhutan 6:11
Wedding rules 7:00
The Ministry of Happiness 7:47
The road less traveled 8:42
Gingerbread-like houses 9:08

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King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, BHUTAN: By NIV/SIPA/EAST NEWS, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/13164977/i/0/t/0
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SUMMARY:
– If a person loses their home, they just need to go to the king and he’ll give them a plot of land where they can build a house to live in and plant a garden to eat from.
– Each Bhutanese resident has the right to free medical care. The country’s Ministry of Health has made it their goal to become “A nation with the best health.”
– The Bhutanese people take their traditions and unique culture very seriously, and the king took great measures to protect his people from outside influences.
– Speaking of traditions, Bhutanese people are required to wear traditional clothes in public. This nationwide dress code has existed for over 400 years.
– In 2010, the king enacted a law prohibiting the cultivation, harvest, and sale of tobacco, making Bhutan the first country in the world with a total ban on tobacco. It’s impossible to buy it there, and you can’t smoke in public areas.
– Bhutan is really concerned about ecology and nature. According to a local law, at least 60% of the country’s total area must be covered with woods.
– The most popular ingredient in almost every Bhutanese dish is chilies. The Tourism Council even notes “Bhutanese people would not enjoy a meal that was not spicy.”
– You can only go to Bhutan in groups of 3 or more. All documents and visas are issued by a state-appointed company.
– All property and belongings like their homes, cattle, and land go to the eldest daughter, not son. Men are expected to earn their own fortunes.
– It’s already illegal to import or use any chemical products there whatsoever. Everything they use is cultivated within the country and is all-natural.
– Not every pilot can maneuver between mountaintops and land on a 6,500-foot-long highway right by people’s houses. Add strong winds to the challenge, and you’ll understand why take-offs and landings are only allowed during daylight hours. And there are only 8 pilots in the world that can do this.
– If you visit Bhutan, you may fall in love with the land, but try not to fall for a local or else you’ll get your heart broken. It’s prohibited to marry foreigners.
– In 2008, the Gross National Happiness Committee was formed in Bhutan to take care of the people’s inner peace.
– All the road signs in Bhutan are drawn by hand. Thiumphu, the country’s capital, is the only one in the world that has no traffic lights at all.
– Bhutanese people love to decorate their homes. They draw birds, animals, and different patterns on the walls, making them look like real-life gingerbread houses.

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