Even though the Kingdom of Bhutan is only about the size of Switzerland and has altogether just about 600.000 inhabitants, the ethnic and cultural diversity defines this country. The isolation of the various mountain valleys, which lasted for centuries, favored the development of an »ethnic mosaic«. In Bhutan, even today, there exist separate isolated ethnic groups which speak languages that are difficult to categorize linguistically. Now as then, some ethnicities live in archaic societal organisations.

In the following, several selected populations of Bhutan are introduced.

The Laya in the North
The East of Bhutan
The Sub-Tropical South
West and Central Bhutan

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