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People: Little over seven hundred thousand people inhabited widely in lower fertile lands in the south to the great Himalayas in the north. Various ethnic groups like Ngalops, Sharchops, Lhotshampas, Bjops, Brokpas & Doyas are inhabitants of Bhutan. People of Bhutan are called drukpas, meaning people living in Druk Yul, land of thunder dragon. Bhutanese are soft spoken, never tired of smiling and generally has shy personality.

Ngalops, Mongoloid origin inhabited most of the western districts of Bhutan and follow Kagyupa form of Buddhism. Sharchops, Indo Mongolian origin inhabited eastern districts. They practice Ningmapa form of Buddhism and are supposed to be the earliest inhabitant of Bhutan. Lhotshampas, Nepalese origin, of Hindu background occupy southern districts. Bjops and Brokpas are found in the extreme north and north eastern region. Doyas live in south west region. There are around 18 dialects spoken by different ethnic groups in Bhutan.

Government : The Government of Bhutan is a constitutional monarchy. Between, 1907 to 1950s Bhutan however was an absolute monarchy. The peaceful march to democracy has been a steady one. The King of Bhutan is head of state. Executive power is exercised by the Lhengye Zhungtshog, or council of ministers, headed by the Prime Minister. Legislative power is vested in the bicameral Parliament, both the upper National Council and the lower National Assembly. In 2008, Bhutan adopted its first modern Constitution, codifying the institutions of government and the legal framework for a democratic multi-party system. King is head of state and Prime Minister is head of the government.

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