Lifestyle & Travel

Feb 29, 2016

The Country with a Ministry of Happiness

Bhutan is the only state in the world proclaiming its official religion, the "spiritual heritage", to be tantric Buddhism. That is why the Government of this country considers its main objective contributing to the pursuit of happiness of each citizen; this is stated in Article 9 of the Constitution. On 24.08.2008, a State Gross National Happiness Commission has been established headed by the Prime-Minister. During the population censuses, question 22 asks them: "Are you happy?". As a result of the last census of 2005, 45.2% of population responded "I'm very happy", 51.6% - "I'm happy", and only 3.3% stated that they were "Not very happy".

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Curiously, the general notion of gross domestic product in Bhutan is changed to a more appropriate indicator – "Gross Domestic Happiness". This is the only state in the world where the Ministry of Happiness exists, - thus, happiness is the first priority of national policy.

This is a truly extraordinary country where hunger and crime do not exist, where people live in happiness without knowing wars nor poverty. The Bhutanians themselves, who are short in comparison with population of other countries of the region, are open, hospitable, absolutely not spoiled by the contemporary world and lovingly preserve their unique culture.

Killing animals is prohibited in this country, so almost every person there is vegetarian. The import of chemical fertilizers is prohibited, too, - all that grows on their land is absolutely environmentally clean. Another interesting peculiarity of this state is that the forests in Bhutan are not cut, on the contrary, they are planted. Saying that the country is Buddhist is not enough; - this country is one of purity and enlightment. Up to now, little is known of this country, and its huge territories to the South and the central area are not exploited by people and represent huge national reserves with their amazing flora and fauna. All this is available in Bhutan due to a very simple reason – hunting is prohibited, and forests are not cut. The Kingdom fully supplies itself with food and clothes. Practically all the people there wear their national clothing – "kho".

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