POPULATION: Total: 131,000. India 100,000; Nepal 25,000; Bhutan 2,000; Switzerland 2,000; Canada 600; United States 1500. GOVERNMENT: Democratic. Popular & electoral college voting system HEAD OF STATE: His Holiness the Dalai Lama CABINET MINISTRIES: Education, Finance, Health, Home Affairs, Information & International Relations, Religion & Culture and Security ELECTION SCHEDULE: Assembly & Cabinet elections every 5 years SEAT OF GOVERNMENT: Dharamsala, Northern India INT'L GOV'T. OFFICES: Budapest, Paris, Geneva, Kathmandu, London, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Tokyo, Zurich, Sydney GOV'T. PUBLICATIONS: Sheja ( Tibetan), Tibetan Bulletin, News Tibet (En) Tibbat Bulletin (Hindi), Actualities Tibetaines (Fr) INDEPENDENT PUBLICATIONS: Da-sar, Da-sa Phongya, Rangzen (Tibetan); Xiang Luntan (Chinese), Tibetan Review, Rangzen (English) LITERACY: Estimated at 60% MILITARY & POLICE: None GOVERNMENT INCOME:Annual voluntary tax, business revenue, donations NATIONAL FLAG: Mountain with snow lions & red & blue rays over sun NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: March 10- Uprising day; July 6- Birthday of H.H., Sept. 2- Democracy day; New Year (date changes) MAJOR INSTITUTIONS: Institute of Performing Arts, Library, School of Dialectics, Medical Institute, Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies TIBETAN NGOs: Women's Organization, Youth Congress, Amnye Machen LANGUAGE: Tibetan. The host country's language is also spoken RELIGION: Tibetan Buddhism ECONOMY: Agriculture, agro-industrial, handicrafts, small business, carpet weaving LEGAL STATUS: Stateless. A small percentage of Tibetans bear foreign passports. Most hold Indian registration certificates.
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