Demographics of Bhutan

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of Bhutan, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

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Bhutan's bimodal population estimates

The Royal Government of Bhutan lists their country's population as 752,700 (2003).[1] The CIA Factbook estimates the population at 2,327,849.[2] What accounts for this discrepancy?

One explanation given inside Bhutan is that the higher CIA numbers ultimately trace back to an inflated population number the Bhutanese government supplied to the United Nations in the early 1970s in order to gain entry into that body (the UN reportedly had a cutoff population of one million at that time—see micronation for justifications in support of such a minimum). According to this theory the CIA population experts have retained this original inflated number year after year while adjusting it each year for normal population growth.

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