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flag Thailand Thailand: Introduction

Capital: Bangkok

Population

Total Population: 67,010,502
Natural Increase: 0.3%
Density: 131 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 47.9%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Bangkok (11,970,000); Samut Prakan (390,000); Nonthanburi (300,000); Udon Thani (250,000); Nakhon Ratchasima (210,000).
Ethnic Origins: Although 75% of the population are classified as Thai, the country has a complex ethnic composition. The Thai themselves vary considerably, with those of the central plain differing markedly in culture and language from those of the north and northeast, known as the Lao. Many Thai have some Chinese ancestry, and Chinese constitute the largest single minority group in the country (14%).
Official Language: Thai
Other Languages Spoken: English is a second language taught in most schools . However it may be difficult to find people able to speak English as only 28 % of the population reach the secondary level at school. Chinese is also often used.
Business Language(s): Thai and English.
Religion: 95% of Thais are Buddhists of the Theravada tradition. Muslims are the second largest religious group in Thailand at 4.5%. Thailand's southernmost provinces - Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and part of Songkhla Chumphon have dominant Muslim populations, consisting of both ethnic Thai and Malay. Most often Muslims live in separate communities from non-Muslims.
Literacy Rate: 92.6%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Bangkok

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Thailand Baht (THB)



Country Overview

Area: 513,120 km²
Type of State: Thailand is a Kingdom. It is a constitutional monarchy based on parliamentary democracy.
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy, Emerging Financial Market..
One of the most successful economies of South East Asia; economy based on the agri-food production, tourism, production of automotive and exports of electronic products
HDI*: 0.722/1
HDI (World Rank): 89/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telecommunication

Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Thailand, Dial 001
To Make a Call to Thailand, Dial +66
Internet Suffix: .th
Computers: 5.8 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 9.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 26.5 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 99.3% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

 
Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 133,668182,921228,787249,988250,723
Exports of Goods (million USD) 152,422193,306222,576229,519228,530
Imports of Services (million USD) 37,54144,77451,96552,85554,857
Exports of Services (million USD) 29,67734,08641,28049,30658,597

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

 
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