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Internet Usage Statistics:
289,177 Internet users as of June, 2016;
38.6% of the population, according to IWS.

Bhutan - The Kingdom of Bhutan - is a landlocked South Asian nation situated between India and China. The entire country is mountainous except for a small strip of subtropical plains in the extreme south which is intersected by valleys known as the Duars. The elevation gain from the subtropical plains to the glacier-covered Himalayan heights exceeds 7,000 m (23,000 feet). Its traditional economy is based on forestry, animal husbandry and subsistence agriculture however these account for less than 50% of the GDP now that Bhutan has become an exporter of hydroelectricity. Cash crops, tourism, and development aid (the latter mostly from India) are also significant. Thimphu is the capital and largest city.

Bhutan is one of the most isolated nations in the world; foreign influences and tourism are regulated by the government to preserve its traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Most Bhutanese follow either the Drukpa Kagyu or the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The official language is Dzongkha ("the language of the dzong"). Bhutan is often described as the last surviving refuge of traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture.

In 2013, there were 26,485 fixed line telephone subscribers, 544,337 mobile celular subscribers and 251,441 Internet subscribers in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Latest Population Estimate:
750,125 population for 2016, according toCensus Bureau.

Latest GDP Estimate:
GDP per capita was US$ 2,390 for 2015, according to theWorld Bank.

Bhutan Land Size (Area):
Bhutan has 46,650 sq km - Population Density is 16 persons per sq km.

Bhutan Map: Map and basic data for Butan.

Weather in Bhutan: Weather in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Travel to Bhutan: Tourism in Bhutan.

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Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source




0.0 %






3.7 %

US$ 767





6.5 %

US$ 1,881





7.1 %

US$ 2,042





21.0 %

US$ 2,121





34.4 %

US$ 2,460


Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: International Monetary Fund.

Bhutan Statistics
Unicef Statistical Service for Bhutan

Search Engines and Directories:
Bhutan Search Engines

Bhutan Open Directory


Bhutan Profile

Bhutan in the Wikipedia
Bhutan history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.

Bhutan in the CIA Factbook
Bhutan information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.

BBC Bhutan Profile
Up to date resume about Bhutan leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Bhutan e-Government Portal
The Bhutan portal, with useful links.

Bhutan Information Page
The Bhutan portal, with useful information.

Bhutan Internet Usage Study (pdf)
Internet Access and Usage Behavior in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Bhutan Broadcasting Service
News and live radio streaming from the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband Reports

Bhutan Telecoms Mobile Market and Internet Report
Until relatively recently, Bhutan was isolated in terms of its telecommunications capability, the country’s mountainous landscape having been a barrier to the development of any sort of infrastructure. Whilst the country had a basic connection to the outside world as early as 1974, with the introduction of trunk calls between Bhutan and India, it was not until 1999, that television, satellite dishes and Internet services started to appear. Between 1996 and 2000, the small country of less than a million people invested US$15 million in telecommunications infrastructure to provide a modern fixed network. This report looks at Bhutan’s overall telecom market and includes a selection of pertinent market statistics, noting that up-to-date statistics for some sectors of the Bhutan market are difficult to obtain.
See summary and table of contents

Broadband and Consumer Telecommunications in Bhutan
Annual InfoComm and Transport Statistical Bulletin (pdf).

Tourism in Bhutan

Bhutan Journeys.

Official Tourism Council of Bhutan.

Bhutan Trekking Tours.

Tourism in Bhutan Information.

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