5 Facts About Bhutan

1. The Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan is the main stock exchange.

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2. In 1971, Bhutan was admitted to the United Nations, having held observer status for three years.

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3. In the year 1711 Bhutan went to war against the Mughal Empire and its Subedars, who restored the kingdom of Koch Bihar in the south.

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4. Until the early 17th century, Bhutan existed as a patchwork of minor warring fiefdoms, when the area was unified by the Tibetan lama and military leader Ngawang Namgyal, who had fled religious persecution in Tibet.

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5. The first time a separate Kingdom of Bhutan appeared on a western map, it did so under its local name as "Broukpa".

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