The official language is Dzongkha. Due to the remoteness of many villages, the most diverse dialects have been preserved. Sharchop Kha, the northern dialect, is the most common. Nepali is also spoken. English has been taught in schools since 1964 and is therefore widely spoken.
02/02/2022 Day of Offerings
02/21/2022 Birthday of His Majesty the Fifth King
05/02/2022 Birthday of the third Druk Gyalpo
06/14/2022 Siddhartha Gautama’s Parinirvana
07/10/2022 Birthday of Guru Rinpoche
01.08.2022 Drukpa Tshezhi (First Sermon of the Lord Buddha)
05.10.2022 Thimphu Tsechu
11/01/2022 Coronation day of the fifth Druk Gyalpo
11/11/2022 Birthday of the fourth Druk Gyalpo
12/17/2022 National holiday
All Buddhist holidays and the Hindu festival of Dussera are also celebrated. Buddhist and Hindu holidays follow the lunar calendar and local astrological observations.
Duty free shopping
The following items can be brought into Bhutan duty-free: 2 liters of spirits; 100ml perfume. Personal effects and gifts up to a value of NU 10,000 less imported goods from the above allowance category. Upon entry, a customs declaration must be filled out, which must be kept until departure. All private items brought in, including plants and soil, must be noted on this form.
animal products, narcotics, weapons and ammunition. More information is available from Countryaah.com.
Antiques, animal products, narcotics, guns and ammunition.
Old, used items may only be exported with a certificate certifying that they are not antiques. Further information is available from Bhutan Customs.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bhutan
(Also responsible for Germany.)
Avenue Jules César 70
+32 (0)2 761 95 70. Embassy of the Kingdom of Bhutan
(With visa issue.)
(Also responsible for Austria. Honorary consulates in Vienna and Bregenz. )
Chemin du Champ d’Anier 17-19
+41 (0)22 799 08 90.
Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00.
Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Bhutan
(Without issuing a visa.)
+49 (0)172 88 20 608.
Mon-Fri 08.00-12.00 and Mon, Tue, Thu 14.00-18.00.
Very few foreign businessmen come to Bhutan – prior appointment is required in any case. Tropical suits are appropriate. October and November are best for business trips. Business Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.
Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry PO Box 147, Doebhum Lam – Chubachu, Thimphu, Bhutan Tel. +975 (0)2 32 27 42, +975 (0)2 032 42 54. Website: www. bcci.org.bt
International direct dialing limited to major cities. All other calls must be registered with the long-distance exchange. The national telephone company is called Bhutan Telecom (Internet: www.telecom.net.bt/).
According to Abbreviationfinder.org, the only Internet provider is currently DrukNet (Internet: www.druknet.bt). Bhutan Telecom plans to become an internet provider as well. There are four internet cafes in Thimpu.
Airmail shipments to Bhutan take up to two weeks to arrive. Shipments to Europe take 7-10 days. However, the stamps have a high collector’s value and are often removed from the envelope, which can significantly delay delivery.
Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.