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Official Language of Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the Himalayan range of mountains with Tibet, to the north and India to the south. It has a population of 716,896 (2012 est). The official language is Dzongkha, spoken mainly in western Bhutan. Written Dzongkha is based on the Tibetan script. After the first general elections, Bhutan’s regime was changed from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Bhutan is predominantly a Buddhist country.

The government of Bhutan has endorsed Buddhism as the official religion while Hinduism is the second largest religion.


Nationality : Bhutanese
Ethnic groups: Bhote 50%, ethnic Nepalese 35%, indigenous or migrant tribes 15%
Languages : 
Sharchhopka 28%, Dzongkha (official) 24%, Lhotshamkha 22%, other 26%
Religions : 
Lamaistic Buddhist 75%, Indian and Nepalese influenced Hinduism 24.5%, Christians 0.5%
Population : 
716,896 (July 2012 est.)
Age structure :

0-14 years: 28.4% (Male 103,802 / Female 99,553)
15-24 years: 21% (male 76,947/female 73,949)
25-54 years: 39.1% (male 150,617/female 129,535)
55-64 years: 5.7% (male 21,827/female 18,900)
65 years and over: 5.8% (male 21,963/female 19,803) (2012 est.)

Literacy :

Total Population: 47%
Male: 60%
Female: 34%

Bible Translation : United Bible Center is working to form the Translation Team to produce the text that every common person can understand.
The Team : The Translation Team includes the linguists and Bible scholars who speak Dzongkha as their mother tongue.
New Testament Bible : Target to complete and release Dzongkha NT is December 2020.
Bible Target to complete and release Dzongkha Bible is December 2025.
Prayer Request :  Please pray that the Lord may provide the anointed translators and the needed finance to make this project successful for His glory.

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