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enter image description here Dark green - diplomatic relations, blue - the rest of the EU members (Bhutan has diplomatic relations with the EU, but not individually with those in blue).

According to Wikipedia,

Bhutan has diplomatic relations with 52 states and the European Union.

In 1971, sponsored by India, Bhutan began to develop its foreign relations by joining the United Nations, though it has no diplomatic relations with any of the permanent members on the UN Security Council. In 1981, Bhutan joined the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, followed by the World Health Organization and UNESCO in 1982. It is also an active member of SAARC. Bhutan is currently a member of 45 international organizations.

Why doesn't Bhutan have diplomatic relations with most countries in the world?

  • Bhutan only has 800000 inhabitants. – chirlu May 16 '18 at 20:05
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    I assume the answer is mostly geographical, but not having formal relations with one of two neighbors for 50 years without having a war is pretty odd. – user9389 May 16 '18 at 20:38
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    @yahoo.com: According to Wikipedia, the Dominican Republic has a population of about ten million. You are confusing it with Dominica (which has diplomatic relations with just a handful of nations). – chirlu May 16 '18 at 21:49
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    Why should it? Diplomatic relations costs money, and Bhutan is not a rich or large country. Frankly, I find it hard to understand why it needs diplomatic relations with countries like Argentina & Egypt. – jamesqf May 17 '18 at 5:06
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    @notstoreboughtdirt, If I had good sources I'd write an answer. I read it somewhere. In your link, the Royal Government, has adopted a very cautious approach to growth and development of the tourism industry in Bhutan hints at this. – ugoren May 17 '18 at 14:25

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