Meet the country that passes no law unless it improves citizens’ well being

CNN (09/13/2019)
  • The tiny nation of Bhutan (nestled between India and Tibet) puts its citizens’ Gross National Happiness over economic development.
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering stresses Bhutan’s commitment to being content and willingness to share by protecting the environment.
  • Bhutan imposes an ecotourism tax, bans tobacco and plastic bags and mandates that at least 60% of the country remain covered by forests.
  • Every five years, the government surveys citizens psychological well-being, health and living standards.
  • However, Bhutan ranks #95 in World Happiness Rankings due to poverty.