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Bhutan Hinduism and Islam
Sources: The Library of Congress Country Studies; CIA World Factbook
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    The minority religion of Bhutan is Hinduism, whose adherents-- those of Nepalese origin--officially constitute 28 percent of the population (see Hinduism and Islam , ch. 2). Despite Buddhism's status as the state religion, Hindus had de facto freedom of religion. The Druk Gyalpo decreed major Hindu festivals as national holidays, and the royal family participated in them. An even smaller religious minority--about 5 percent of the population in 1989--practiced Islam. Although foreign religious personnel were permitted to work in Bhutan, primarily as educators, they were not allowed to proselytize.

    Data as of September 1991

    NOTE: The information regarding Bhutan on this page is re-published from The Library of Congress Country Studies and the CIA World Factbook. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Bhutan Hinduism and Islam information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bhutan Hinduism and Islam should be addressed to the Library of Congress and the CIA.

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