Comparing United States to Bhutan

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If you moved to Bhutan from the United States, you would:


MAKE 86.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN ($7,000.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Bhutan, that number is $7,000.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan GDP

LIVE 10.6 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (68.98 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Bhutan, the average life expectancy is 68.98.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan life expectancy

CONSUME 81.2% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (2,290 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Bhutan, it is 2,290 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (0.2% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Bhutan, that number is 0.2%.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan AIDS percentage

BE 6.14 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (37.89 per 1000 infants)
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That's 514.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Bhutan, on the other hand, there are a total of 37.89 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan infant mortality

BE 71.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (2.1% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Bhutan 2.1% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan unemployment rate

HAVE 35% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (18.12 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Bhutan, however, there are a total of 18.12 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan birth rate

BE 20.5% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Bhutan  BHUTAN (12% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Bhutan, 12% are.
Category: United States vs. Bhutan poverty

At a Glance: Bhutan

  • Land Area: ~38 thousand sq km (United States is ~256 times bigger than Bhutan)
  • Population: ~734 thousand people (318 million more people live in United States)

How big is Bhutan compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Bhutan (38,394 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).