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Did You Know Bhutan Edition

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in


Located at the eastern end of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a land of mystery. Did you know:

  • In 2007 Bhutan transferred from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy
  • The Takin (a goat-antelope animal) is the national animal of Bhutan
  • The ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan
  • The average life expectancy in Bhutan is 62 years old
  • The national language of Bhutan is Bhutanese or Dzongkha
  • Archery is the national sport of Bhutan

As the country moves from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy, the situation is likely to change for believers. The church in Bhutan is no longer an underground church, since Christians are allowed to meet in private homes without any interference from the authorities. However, Christians in remote villages encounter more difficulties. The government is exploring possibilities for church registration, but is also concerned about preventing evangelism and is considering an amendment to the penal code aimed at prohibiting ‘conversion by coercion or inducement’.


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