How to live a modern Bhutan
• How to live a modern Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan is known in the world, above all, that gross national happiness is prized above gross domestic product. However, the prosperous life of the local population is increasingly overshadowed by the environmental issues that are constantly aggravated by the development of industry and urbanization. Concerned authorities of Bhutan initiated the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, in which States have undertaken a number of commitments to protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay in an electric vehicle.
Preservation of the environment and sustainable development - the most important political agenda in Bhutan.
Himalayan View from the mountain pass Dochula.
Last summer, Bhutan has set a record for the largest number of trees planted in one hour - about 50 thousand seedlings.
The monks set props, to repair the monastery Gangteng Monastery Phobzhikha Valley.
At the heart of the culture of Bhutan are Buddhist beliefs. The monks are still held in high esteem among the general population. In these places tourists like to come, although Bhutan quite a closed country for travelers.
The boys are studying in a monastery Cel Deschênes Jansa (Kela Dechen Yangtshi) in Paro, Bhutan.
An elderly woman, make a pilgrimage to the monastery Paro Taktsang, near the prayer drum.
In Bhutan, free education and medicine.
In 1970, Bhutan became open to the outside world, and since then its capital, Thimphu, beginning to grow rapidly. The level of education has risen and young people began to travel from rural areas to cities in search of better paid jobs. However, the unemployment rate in Bhutan is still high.
The area of the city to expand at the expense of agricultural land. This new settlement in the Paro valley was built on the site of a rice field.
The majority of manual work in Bhutan is performed by migrant workers from India. However, to reduce the unemployment rate, the Government of Bhutan is trying to involve the largest possible number of its nationals in the industrial sector.
The only legal landfill in Thimphu overflowed in 2002, which led to the formation of numerous illegal dumps.
Farmer's Market in Thimphu.
Due to lack of work in the cities of the younger generation have to look for the sources of stable income in rural areas. About two-thirds of the population of Bhutan is working in the agricultural sector.
Many young people are engaged in growing vegetables and selling them at farmers' markets in the cities.
A farmer in Phobzhikha Valley.
Every year, Bhutan's economy relies less and less on agriculture. In 2002, the share of agriculture was 26% of GDP, and in 2014 - 16%.
The man and his daughter watching television in her home in Phobzhikha Valley.
Television and the Internet have appeared in Bhutan in 1999. Bhutan Broadcasting Service remains the only company to broadcast in the country.
Electric substation in Thimphu.
Electricity in Bhutan produce exclusively hydroelectric power.
The influx of Thimphu River.
In the long term Bhutan is planning to build 74 dams throughout the country. Once domestic demand will be met, Bhutan will start selling surplus electricity in India.
The women and children pressed aluminum cans for recycling.
India buys cans because Bhutan is still no businesses that would be involved in their processing.
Meditation Monastery Tango near Thimphu.