Tobacco Industry Country Profile – Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan is nestled between two neighboring giants: China to the north and India to the South. It is a landlocked Himalayan nation with a population of 0.83 million. Most Bhutanese still live in villages in an extended family system or maintain strong links with their rural families. The country provides free education and health care to all its citizens, leading to a life expectancy at birth of 70 years and a literacy rate of 71.4%. The Country reports a Human Development Index of 0.612, which puts the country in the medium human development category with a GDP per capita of USD 3,438.10.[1]The main sources of revenue are agriculture, cottage industries, tourism, hydroelectricity and small scale industries such as cement plants, calcium and carbide, steel and ferrosilicon and also wood based industries.