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Gross National Happiness (3/13)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: TVE
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 22 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: Additional resources - see link below

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

GNP is how most countries measure their wealth. At a time when making poverty history is all the rage, the government of the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan has other social indicators to measure 'wealth'. Wellbeing is chief among them, and included in that is affirmative action to keep people in the villages where Bhutanese culture has its roots. But cheap goods imported from neighbouring India are undermining local production and the government is contemplating joining the WTO. Can Bhutan maintain its traditional culture while benefiting from trade liberalisation?