The Kingdom of Bhutan, situated on the southern slopes of the Himalayan Range, is a little known country despite its full membership of the UN since 1971. The Royal Government of Bhutan is implementing a unique, long-term political strategy called "GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS" (GNH). This policy is based on the belief that the primary purpose of development is to bring happiness to the population of Bhutan, rather than aiming solely for an increase in Gross Domestic Product. The idea of GNH are based on four pillars: 1. Sustainable and equitable socio-economic development 2. Conservation of the fragile Himalayan ecology 3. Preservation and promotion of the traditional culture 4. Enhancement of good governance These four principles for a modern government policy are in tune with the Buddhist traditions prevailing in Bhutan from the time this philosophy spread from India northwards in the 9th century. The DVD has English, German, French, Spanish and Italian language tracks.
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