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Profile of Thailand

General Information

Capital

Bangkok

Population

60,606,947 (April 1, 2000)

Area

513,115 km2

Official Languages

Thai

Currency

Thai Baht

Main Cities

Bangkok (Central), Chiangmai (North), Songkla (South), Khonkaen (Northeast)

Government

Form

Constitutional Monarchy

Independent

1238 (Traditional founding date, never been colonized)

Head of State

King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Head of Government

Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai

Legislature

Bicameral National Assembly

Executive

Prime Minister (an elected MP)

Judiciary

Supreme Court (judges appointed by the King)

National Economy

Gross National Product

73,771 baht (GNP per capita, 1999)

Main Exports

$57.3 billion (Manufacturer account for 73%)

Trading Partners

Japan (30.4%), United States (11.9%), Singapore (6.3%)

People

Ethnic Composition

Thai (75%), Chinese (14%), Others (11%)

Birth Rate

17.03 per 1000 population

Death Rate

7.05 deaths per 1000 population (1997)

Infant Mortality

32.1 deaths per 1000 live births (1997)

Life Expectancy

65.12 years (male), 72.66 (female) (1997)

Information provided by Thai Embassy

World Statistics


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