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Religion of Bhutan

The constitution of Bhutan upholds the principle of religious freedom, allowing its citizens to follow any religion of their choice. It ensures equal rights for people practicing various religions in the country. While Buddhism is the official religion of Bhutan, with a majority of the population adhering to it, the constitution emphasizes the freedom of religion for all residents.

Bhutan holds a unique position as the only Mahayana (tantric) Buddhist Kingdom in the world. Around 70 percent of the population follows either Drukpa Kagyupa or Ningmapa Buddhism, both of which are disciplines of Mahayana Buddhism. Hinduism is also practiced by a significant portion of the population, constituting approximately 28 percent. Additionally, about five percent of the population practices Islam, and a smaller percentage follows Christianity.