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Canada-Bhutan fact sheet

Official Title:
Kingdom of Bhutan

General Information

Capital: Thimphu
Population (million): .75
Total Area: 38,394km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 53.66 Ngultrum (BTN) (2021- Annual average)
National Holiday: National Day, 17 December (1907)
Language(s): Dzongkha, various Tibetan and Nepalese dialects

Political Information

Type of State:
Unitary

Type of Government:
Constitutional Monarchy

Head of State:
King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Lotay Tshering

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Tandi Dorji
Economic Affairs: Loknath Sharma
Finance: Lyonpo Namgay Tshering

Main Political Parties:
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP)

Elections:
Last: November 2018

Economic Information (2021)

Comparative figures
Type Bhutan Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 3.04 2,520.82
GDP per capita: ($) 4,032.77 65,944.96
GDP growth rate: (%) -3.73 4.56
Inflation: (%) 8.15 3.4
Unemployment: (%) 0 7.43

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2021)

Canadian exports to country: $171,620
Canadian imports from country: $28,516
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Doma Tshering (non-resident)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Cameron MacKay

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Bhutan
Year Exports Imports
2017 $523,517 $512,856
2018 $337,029 $120,097
2019 $403,756 $205,928
2020 $158,222 $224,657
2021 $171,620 $28,516
21 HS Sections (2021)
Canada - Bhutan
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $24
02 Veg. Prod. $ $3,802
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $
04 Food Prod. $ $16,875
05 Mineral Prod. $ $
06 Chemical Prod. $24,003 $244
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $ $757
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $
09 Wood Prod. $ $
10 Paper Prod. $ $119
11 Textiles Prod. $2,528 $433
12 Dress Access. $ $8
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $87
15 Base Metal Prod. $6,360 $30
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $29,324 $4,558
17 Vehicles and Equip. $4,000 $402
18 Specialized Inst. $105,405 $1,022
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $ $
21 Antiques $ $155


June 2022
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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