Common misconceptions and clichés about life in Bhutan

Hello everyone,

Old clichés die hard, as the saying goes... and living in Bhutan can generate lots of misconceptions in the eyes of the people.

What are the most common misconceptions about the expat lifestyle in Bhutan?

What are the most common clichés about life in Bhutan in general?

Did you have a biased view of the country before moving there? What is you view now?

Thanks in advance,


Dear Priscilla

I heard, it's very difficult when a foreigner get married a bhutanese women.
If they stay in Bhutan, he will never be bhutanese citizen, just resident and it's very difficult to get a resident status. :-) If they have children, they never be bhutanese citizen as well and they can never inherit a house or land from the bhutanese mother.
Even fatherless children cannot be bhutanese citizen.

The country’s Constitution says:

"A person, both of whose parents are citizens of Bhutan, shall be a natural born citizen of Bhutan."

Abortion is illegal in Bhutan, except in cases of rape, incest, mental health risks, or threats to the mother’s life. As a result, many women resort illegal abortions or cross the border into India to terminate a pregnancy.

Many greetings

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