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International relations

Like his forefathers, King Jigme Dorje Wangchuck was determined to preserve the independence of his country. He knew, however, that without strong international links, his country would be threatened and that they would have to give up their self-proclaimed isolation. Throughout his life, he steered his activities in three directions: the international recognition of Bhutan, development of its infrastructures, and socio-economic and constitutional reforms.


In 1962, Bhutan joined the Colombo Plan, an organisation for the development of South and Southeast Asian countries, and received technical assistance as well as scholarships and other material support. In 1971 Bhutan finally became a member of the United Nations, and opened missions at the UN in New York and in New Delhi in India.

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Portraits of the kings, here of the third, can be found everywhere in Bhutan.
Photo taken from the »Kuensel«, Bhutan's only newspaper