United States compared to Bhutan

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If you moved to Bhutan from United States, you would..


make 85.9% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Bhutan Bhutan ($8,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Bhutan, the GDP per capita is $8,100.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - GDP Per Capita

live 9.7 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Bhutan Bhutan (70.1 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Bhutan, the average life expectancy is 70.1 years.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Life Expectancy

consume 77% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Bhutan Bhutan (2,779 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Bhutan, that number is 2,779 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Electricity Consumption

have 40% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Bhutan Bhutan (17.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bhutan, that number is 17.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Birth Rate

be 20.5% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Bhutan Bhutan (12% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Bhutan, that number is 12% of people.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Poverty Line

be 5.8 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Bhutan Bhutan (33.9 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, 33.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Infant Mortality

be 44.7% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Bhutan Bhutan (2.6% of people - 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Bhutan, that number is 2.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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A brief history of Bhutan

Bhutan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 38,394 sq km. In 1865, Britain and Bhutan signed the Treaty of Sinchulu, under which Bhutan would receive an annual subsidy in exchange for ceding some border land to British India. Under British influence, a monarchy was set up in 1907; three years later, a treaty was signed whereby the British agreed not to interfere in Bhutanese internal affairs, and Bhutan allowed Britain to direct its foreign affairs. This role was assumed by independent India after 1947. Two years later, a formal Indo-Bhutanese accord returned to Bhutan the areas annexed by the British, formalized the annual subsidies the country received, and defined India's responsibilities in defense and foreign relations. In March 2005, King Jigme Singye WANGCHUCK unveiled the government's draft constitution - which introduced major democratic reforms - and pledged to hold a national referendum for its approval. In December 2006, the King abdicated the throne in favor of his son, Jigme Khesar Namgyel WANGCHUCK, in order to give him experience as head of state before the democratic transition. In early 2007, India and Bhutan renegotiated their treaty, eliminating the clause that stated that Bhutan would be "guided by" India in conducting its foreign policy, although Thimphu continues to coordinate closely with New Delhi. Elections for seating the country's first parliament were completed in March 2008; the king ratified the country's first constitution in July 2008. Bhutan experienced a peaceful turnover of power following parliamentary elections in 2013, which routed the incumbent party. The disposition of some 30,000 Bhutanese refugees - housed in two UN refugee camps in Nepal - remains unresolved.

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