Tibetan Government in Exile at a Glance


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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