Gross National Happiness: Jigme Thinley - The Green Interview Series
Catalogue Number: PT0018
Producer: Paper Tiger
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Environmental Studies, Politics, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2009
Running Time: 35:00
Closed Captions: Yes
This episode of The Green Interview features Jigme Thinley, the first democratically elected prime minister of Bhutan. While in office the Thinley government was dedicated to Gross National Happiness (GNH), an idea that was born in the early 1970s when Bhutan's fourth king drew international attention by commenting that "gross national happiness" was more important than gross national product. Thinley's tenure as prime minister was characterized by his thoughtful engagement with the modern world - bringing improvements in health and education, while preserving Bhutan's culture and protecting its environment.
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