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Territory in central Asia, ruled since 2008 by the Kingdom of Bhutan

Bhutan (འབྲུག་ཡུལ་ Druk Yul), officially the Kingdom of Bhutan (འབྲུག་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་ Druk Gyal Khap), is a landlocked country in southern Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Sikkim state of India and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet in the west, the Arunachal Pradesh state of India in the east and the states of Assam and West Bengal in the south. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second least populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 27.42° N — Longitude: 90.44° E

Area: 38,394 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: BT

Measures of Freedom

Bhutan | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 56, Political Rights: 3, Civil Liberties: 4
In 2015, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and his government continued to make progress in implementing public transparency and anticorruption initiatives, including prosecutions against public officials accused of graft. However, journalists and rights monitors, both domestic and international, raised concerns about threats to press freedom.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.86, Rank: 98, Personal Freedom: 6.9, Economic Freedom: 6.82
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.07, Rank: 75

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Bhutan" as of 29 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.