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Yearbook 1999

Bhutan. In June, King Jigme Singye Wangchuk celebrated 25 years on the throne. In connection with the anniversary, both TV broadcasts and the Internet were introduced in the country. According to Countryaah official website, delegations for Bhutan and Nepal's governments met in September to discuss for the seventh time how to bring back the approximately 97,000 Bhutan refugees who have been in Nepalese camps since the early 1990s. No settlement could be reached, as Bhutan was prepared to allow only 3,000 of the refugees to return. The Bhutanese regime claimed that the refugees are Nepalese, despite the fact that many of them lived in Bhutan for a long time.

1999 Bhutan

Bhutan - Thimphu

Thimphu

Thimphu, capital of Bhutan; 114,600 residents (2017). Thimphu is located about 2,000 meters above sea level. and surrounded by terraced farms and forests. The city is a commercial center, and there is also some industry, mainly the food industry.

When Thimphu began construction in the 1950s, there were only a few small houses and a monastery ( dzong ) on the site that formed the ruler's summer residence since 1641, when Bhutan united. Thimphu became the official capital in 1962. The traditional architecture has been maintained.

 

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