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Yearbook 2012

Bhutan. According to countryaah, one of Bhutan's famous temples, Wangdue Phodrang from 1639, burned to the ground in June for unknown reasons. The fire brigade and private individuals managed to save most of the valuables in the temple, and Prime Minister Jigme Thinley promised that the temple would be rebuilt. Wangdue Phodrang, located in eastern Bhutan, was built at a height of 1,350 meters where two rivers meet. The location of the temple, high up on a mountain ridge, made it difficult to extinguish the fire despite its proximity to the rivers.

2012 Bhutan

In June, the UN General Assembly decided that March 20 every year should be celebrated as "the day of joy". Bhutan had run a campaign to institute the Happy Day. It was the country's former king, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who in the 1970s introduced the concept of "gross national happiness" because he believed that development should not only be measured in the traditional economic measures that are reflected in the gross domestic product (GDP) but that mental welfare must also be taken into account.

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