Thimphu is the capital city for the Kingdom of Bhutan. The landlocked nation in South Asia is encased within the Himalayan mountain range. Thimphu is the third-highest country capital in the world in terms of elevation above sea level.
Thimphu, Bhutan was the site of a Guinness World Record on June 2, 2015 when 100 volunteers planted 49,672 trees in just 60 minutes–the most trees ever planted within an hour.
Bhutan exported an estimated US$140.6 million worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Bhutan’s highest-value exported products include ferro-alloys, electrical energy, inorganic chemicals, plastics, cement and copper wire according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Thimphu, Bhutan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Dochula Pass, Buddha Dordenma, Bhutan Post Office Headquarters, National Folk Heritage Museum and Clock Tower Square
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Thimphu, Bhutan:
- Queen Jetsun Pema, royalty (born Jun. 4, 1990)
- Passang Tshering, soccer/football top scorer (born Jul. 16, 1983)
- Hemlal Bhattrai, soccer/football goalkeeper (born Nov. 1, 1993)
- Nima Sangay, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 1, 1984)
- Batoo Tshering, army chief operations officer (born Dec. 11, 1951)
- Chencho Nio, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 2, 1985)
- Hari Gurung, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 18, 1992)
- Dorji Dema, Olympic archer (born Oct. 16, 1983)
- Yeshey Dorji, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 2, 1989)
- Kunzang Choden, Olympic air rifle shooter (born Aug. 14, 1984)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Thimphu: Thimphuan
Population: 104,000 (Thimphu)
Density: 10,400 people per square mile (4,015 per square kilometer)
Population: 750,125 (Bhutan)
Density: 51 people per square mile (20 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$6.432 billion in 2016 (for Bhutan, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $8,100
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Thimphu were unavailable.
Official currency used in Thimphu: Bhutanese ngultrum, Indian rupee
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, South Asia: Bhutan. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Guinness World Records, Bhutan sets its first-ever Guinness World Records title with Most trees planted in one hour. Accessed on February 27, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, Thimphu Thromde. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Bhutan. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Thimphu. Accessed on February 27, 2017
Thimphu’s land area measures 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 104,000 residents in 2015.
At the country level, Bhutan’s land area covers 14,824 square miles (38,394 square kilometers). The national population count was 750,125 inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Bhutan’s capital city Thimphu with an average 10,400 Thimphuans per square mile (4,015 per square kilometer).
For Bhutan overall, population density drops significantly to an average 51 people per square mile (20 per square kilometer).
Bhutan became a unified kingdom under its first hereditary king on December 17, 1907. Residents celebrate National Day as public holiday each December 17.