Kings, Queens

Measuring A Country’s “Gross National Happiness”

Gross National Happiness(GNH) is an attempt to define quality of life in more holistic and psychological terms than Gross National Product. The term was coined by Bhutan’s King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972 in response to criticism that his economy was growing poorly. It signaled his commitment to building an economy that would serve Bhutan’s unique culture based on Buddhist spiritual values

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Bhutan(2000) 100 Ngultrum(front)-King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Jigme Singye Wangchuck (born November 11, 1955) was the fourth Dragon King (Druk Gyalpo) of Bhutan from 1972-2006. He acceded to the throne at the age of 16, in 1972, after the sudden death of his father, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

When he was formally crowned on June 2, 1974 he was the youngest monarch in the world and the coronation was noted for inviting foreign dignitaries, thus signalling the end of the long isolation of the country. He is also called “Druk Gyalpo,” meaning “Dragon King”. He was educated in Bhutan and the United Kingdom. Singye continued his father’s policies of slow modernization while still trying to preserve Bhutanese culture.

In a royal edict issued on December 14, 2006, the king announced that he would begin handing over power to his eldest son Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck immediately.

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