East & Southeast Asia :: THAILAND
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  • Introduction :: THAILAND

  • A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been colonized by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to the establishment of a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the US in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office by the Constitutional Court and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. The head of the Royal Thai Army, Gen. PRAYUT Chan-ocha, was appointed prime minister in August 2014. The interim military government created several interim institutions to promote reform and draft a new constitution. Elections are tentatively set for mid-2017. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in its southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.
  • Geography :: THAILAND

  • Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma
    15 00 N, 100 00 E
    Southeast Asia
    total: 513,120 sq km
    land: 510,890 sq km
    water: 2,230 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 51
    about three times the size of Florida; slightly more than twice the size of Wyoming
    Area comparison map:
    total: 5,673 km
    border countries (4): Burma 2,416 km, Cambodia 817 km, Laos 1,845 km, Malaysia 595 km
    3,219 km
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
    tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid
    central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere
    mean elevation: 287 m
    elevation extremes: lowest point: Gulf of Thailand 0 m
    highest point: Doi Inthanon 2,576 m
    tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, fish, gypsum, lignite, fluorite, arable land
    agricultural land: 41.2%
    arable land 30.8%; permanent crops 8.8%; permanent pasture 1.6%
    forest: 37.2%
    other: 21.6% (2011 est.)
    64,150 sq km (2012)
    land subsidence in Bangkok area resulting from the depletion of the water table; droughts
    air pollution from vehicle emissions; water pollution from organic and factory wastes; deforestation; soil erosion; wildlife populations threatened by illegal hunting
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
    controls only land route from Asia to Malaysia and Singapore
  • People and Society :: THAILAND

  • 68,200,824
    note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    noun: Thai (singular and plural)
    adjective: Thai
    Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% (2010 est.)
    Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, other 8%
    note: English is a secondary language of the elite (2010 est.)
    Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%, other 0.2%, none 0.1% (2010 est.)
    0-14 years: 17.18% (male 6,000,434/female 5,714,464)
    15-24 years: 14.47% (male 5,030,930/female 4,839,931)
    25-54 years: 46.5% (male 15,678,250/female 16,038,155)
    55-64 years: 11.64% (male 3,728,028/female 4,208,624)
    65 years and over: 10.21% (male 3,047,938/female 3,914,070) (2016 est.)
    population pyramid:
    total dependency ratio: 39.2%
    youth dependency ratio: 24.7%
    elderly dependency ratio: 14.6%
    potential support ratio: 6.9% (2015 est.)
    total: 37.2 years
    male: 36.2 years
    female: 38.2 years (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    0.32% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 174
    11.1 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 177
    7.9 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 103
    0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 97
    urban population: 50.4% of total population (2015)
    rate of urbanization: 2.97% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
    BANGKOK (capital) 9.27 million; Samut Prakan 1.814 million (2015)
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.89 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
    23.3 (2009 est.)
    20 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    total: 9.4 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 10.4 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 8.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 142
    total population: 74.7 years
    male: 71.5 years
    female: 78 years (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    1.51 children born/woman (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 196
    79.3% (2012)
    6.5% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 163
    0.39 physicians/1,000 population (2010)
    2.1 beds/1,000 population (2010)
    urban: 97.6% of population
    rural: 98% of population
    total: 97.8% of population
    urban: 2.4% of population
    rural: 2% of population
    total: 2.2% of population (2015 est.)
    urban: 89.9% of population
    rural: 96.1% of population
    total: 93% of population
    urban: 10.1% of population
    rural: 3.9% of population
    total: 7% of population (2015 est.)
    1.12% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    438,100 (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 18
    14,200 (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    degree of risk: very high
    food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
    vectorborne diseases: dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, and malaria (2016)
    9.2% (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 135
    9.2% (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 71
    4.1% of GDP (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 47
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 96.7%
    male: 96.6%
    female: 96.7% (2015 est.)
    total: 14 years
    male: 13 years
    female: 14 years (2013)
    total number: 818,399
    percentage: 8% (2006 est.)
    total: 3.4%
    male: 2.8%
    female: 4.4% (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 132
  • Government :: THAILAND

  • conventional long form: Kingdom of Thailand
    conventional short form: Thailand
    local long form: Ratcha Anachak Thai
    local short form: Prathet Thai
    former: Siam
    etymology: "Land of the Tai [People]"; the meaning of "tai" is uncertain, but may originally have meant "human beings" or "people"
    constitutional monarchy; note - interim military-run government since May 2014
    name: Bangkok
    geographic coordinates: 13 45 N, 100 31 E
    time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    76 provinces (changwat, singular and plural) and 1 municipality* (maha nakhon); Amnat Charoen, Ang Thong, Bueng Kan, Buriram, Chachoengsao, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Chumphon, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Krung Thep* (Bangkok), Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Lop Buri, Mae Hong Son, Maha Sarakham, Mukdahan, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Pattani, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phrae, Phuket, Prachin Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Roi Et, Sa Kaeo, Sakon Nakhon, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Sara Buri, Satun, Sing Buri, Sisaket, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Tak, Trang, Trat, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit, Yala, Yasothon
    1238 (traditional founding date; never colonized)
    Birthday of King PHUMIPHON (BHUMIBOL), 5 December (1927)
    many previous; interim constitution - replacing the 2007 permanent constitution - signed by the king 22 July 2014; first draft of new constitution completed 17 April 2015, rejected by drafting committee 6 September 2015; final draft completed by new drafting committee 29 March 2016, passed by referendum 7 August 2016 (2016)
    civil law system with common law influences
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Thailand
    dual citizenship recognized: no
    residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years
    18 years of age; universal and compulsory
    chief of state: Privy Council President PREM Tinsulanonda serves as Regent (since 13 October 2016); note - King PHUMIPHON Adunyadet, also spelled BHUMIBOL Adulyadej (since 9 June 1946) died 13 October 2016
    head of government: Interim Prime Minister Gen. PRAYUT Chan-ocha (since 25 August 2014) Deputy Prime Ministers PRAWIT Wongsuwan, Gen. (since 31 August 2014), THANASAK Patimaprakon, Gen. (since 31 August 2014), WISSANU Kruea-ngam (since 31 August 2014), SOMKHIT Chatusiphitak (since 20 August 2015), PRACHIN Chantong (since 20 August 2015), NARONG Phiphatthanasai (since 20 August 2015)
    cabinet: Council of Ministers nominated by the prime minister, appointed by the king; a Privy Council advises the king
    elections/appointments: the monarchy is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch with a resolution of the National Legislative Assembly (as stated in the 2014 interim constitution)
    note: Prime Minister YINGLAK Chinnawat, also spelled YINGLUCK Shinawatra, was removed from office on 7 May 2014 after the Constitutional Court ruled she illegally transferred a government official; Thai army declared martial law on 20 May 2014 followed by a coup on 22 May 2014
    description: in transition; following the May 2014 military coup, a National Legislative Assembly or Sapha Nitibanyat of no more than 220 members replaced the bicameral National Assembly; elections for a permanent legislative body are currently unscheduled and may not occur until mid-2017
    elections: Senate - last held on 30 March 2014; House of Representatives - last held on 2 February 2014, but later declared invalid by the Constitutional Court
    election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA
    highest court(s): Supreme Court of Justice (consists of court president, 6 vice-presidents, and 60-70 judges, and organized into 10 divisions); Constitutional Court (consists of court president and 8 judges); Supreme Administrative Court (number of judges determined by Judicial Commission of the Administrative Courts)
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judges selected by the Judicial Commission of the Courts of Justice and approved by the monarch; judge term determined by the monarch; Constitutional Court justices - 3 judges drawn from the Supreme Court, 2 judges drawn from the Administrative Court, and 4 judge candidates selected by the Selective Committee for Judges of the Constitutional Court and confirmed by the Senate; judges appointed by the monarch to serve single 9-year terms; Supreme Administrative Court judges selected by the Judicial Commission of the Administrative Courts and appointed by the monarch; judges appointed for life
    subordinate courts: courts of first instance and appeals courts within both the judicial and administrative systems; military courts
    Chat Pattana Party or CPN (National Development Party) [WANNARAT Channukun]
    Chat Thai Phattana Party or CTP (Thai Nation Development Party) [THEERA Wongsamut]
    Mahachon Party or Mass Party [APHIRAT Sirinawin]
    Matubhum Party (Motherland Party) [Gen. SONTHI Bunyaratkalin]
    Phalang Chon Party (People Chonburi Power Party) [SONTHAYA Khunpluem]
    Phumjai (Bhumjai) Thai Party or PJT (Thai Pride) [ANUTHIN Chanvirakun]
    Prachathipat Party or DP (Democrat Party) [ABHISIT Wechachiwa, also spelled ABHISIT Vejjajiva]
    Prachathipathai Mai Party (New Democracy Party) [SURATIN Phichan]
    Puea Thai Party (For Thais Party) or PTP [acting leader VIROT Paoin]
    Rak Prathet Thai Party (Love Thailand Party) [CHUWIT Kamonwisit]
    Rak Santi Party (Peace Conservation Party) [Pol. Lt. Gen. THAWIN Surachetphong]
    Multicolor Group
    People's Alliance for Democracy or PAD
    People's Democratic Reform Committee or PDRC
    Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform or STR
    United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship or UDD
    chief of mission: Ambassador PHISAN Manawaphat (since 23 February 2015)
    chancery: 1024 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20007
    telephone: [1] (202) 944-3600
    FAX: [1] (202) 944-3611
    consulate(s) general: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York
    chief of mission: Ambassador Glyn T. DAVIES (since 27 November 2015)
    embassy: 120-122 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330
    mailing address: APO AP 96546
    telephone: [66] (2) 205-4000
    FAX: [66] (2) 254-2990, 205-4131
    consulate(s) general: Chiang Mai
    five horizontal bands of red (top), white, blue (double width), white, and red; the red color symbolizes the nation and the blood of life; white represents religion and the purity of Buddhism; blue stands for the monarchy
    note: similar to the flag of Costa Rica but with the blue and red colors reversed
    garuda (mythical half-man, half-bird figure), elephant; national colors: red, white, blue
    name: "Phleng Chat Thai" (National Anthem of Thailand)
    lyrics/music: Luang SARANUPRAPAN/Phra JENDURIYANG
    note: music adopted 1932, lyrics adopted 1939; by law, people are required to stand for the national anthem at 0800 and 1800 every day; the anthem is played in schools, offices, theaters, and on television and radio during this time; "Phleng Sansasoen Phra Barami" (A Salute to the Monarch) serves as the royal anthem and is played in the presence of the royal family and during certain state ceremonies
  • Economy :: THAILAND

  • With a well-developed infrastructure, a free-enterprise economy, and generally pro-investment policies, Thailand historically has had a strong economy, but it experienced slow growth in 2013-15 as a result of domestic political turmoil and sluggish global demand, which curbed Thailand’s traditionally strong exports - mostly electronics, agricultural commodities, automobiles and parts, and processed foods. Following the May 2014 coup d'etat, tourism decreased 6-7% but is beginning to recover. The Thai baht depreciated more than 8% during 2015.
    Thailand faces labor shortages, and has attracted an estimated 2-4 million migrant workers from neighboring countries. The Thai Government in 2013 implemented a nationwide 300 baht (roughly $10) per day minimum wage policy and deployed new tax reforms designed to lower rates on middle-income earners. The household debt to GDP ratio is over 80%.
    $1.108 trillion (2015 est.)
    $1.078 trillion (2014 est.)
    $1.069 trillion (2013 est.)
    note: data are in 2015 US dollars
    country comparison to the world: 21
    $395.3 billion (2015 est.)
    2.8% (2015 est.)
    0.8% (2014 est.)
    2.7% (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    $16,100 (2015 est.)
    $15,700 (2014 est.)
    $15,700 (2013 est.)
    note: data are in 2015 US dollars
    country comparison to the world: 101
    32.1% of GDP (2015 est.)
    27.9% of GDP (2014 est.)
    26.3% of GDP (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 23
    household consumption: 51.5%
    government consumption: 17.2%
    investment in fixed capital: 24.9%
    investment in inventories: -5%
    exports of goods and services: 69%
    imports of goods and services: -57.7% (2015 est.)
    agriculture: 9.1%
    industry: 35.7%
    services: 55.1% (2015 est.)
    rice, cassava (manioc, tapioca), rubber, corn, sugarcane, coconuts, palm oil, pineapple, livestock, fish products
    tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry and electric appliances, computers and parts, integrated circuits, furniture, plastics, automobiles and automotive parts, agricultural machinery, air conditioning and refrigeration, ceramics, aluminum, chemical, environmental management, glass, granite and marble, leather, machinery and metal work, petrochemical, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals, printing, pulp and paper, rubber, sugar, rice, fishing, cassava, world's second-largest tungsten producer and third-largest tin producer
    2.2% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 98
    38.55 million (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 17
    agriculture: 32.2%
    industry: 16.7%
    services: 51.1% (2014 est.)
    0.9% (2015 est.)
    0.8% (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    12.6% (2012 est.)
    lowest 10%: 2.8%
    highest 10%: 31.5% (2009 est.)
    48.4 (2011)
    49 (2009)
    country comparison to the world: 24
    revenues: $73.65 billion
    expenditures: $81.16 billion (2015 est.)
    18.6% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 171
    -1.9% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    46% of GDP (2015 est.)
    42.8% of GDP (2014 est.)
    note: data cover general government debt, and includes debt instruments issued (or owned) by government entities other than the treasury; the data include treasury debt held by foreign entities; the data include debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment; debt instruments for the social funds are sold at public auctions
    country comparison to the world: 93
    1 October - 30 September
    -0.9% (2015 est.)
    1.9% (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    2% (31 December 2014)
    2.25% (31 December 2013)
    country comparison to the world: 113
    6.56% (31 December 2015 est.)
    6.77% (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 123
    $49.27 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $51.04 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 51
    $517.4 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $524.8 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 22
    $486.6 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $509 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    $313.8 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    $383.2 billion (31 December 2013)
    $245 billion (31 December 2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    $34.82 billion (2015 est.)
    $15.42 billion (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    $212.1 billion (2015 est.)
    $224.8 billion (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 22
    automobiles and parts, computer and parts, jewelry and precious stones, polymers of ethylene in primary forms, refine fuels, electronic integrated circuits, chemical products, rice, fish products, rubber products, sugar, cassava, poultry, machinery and parts, iron and steel and their products
    US 11.2%, China 11.1%, Japan 9.4%, Hong Kong 5.5%, Malaysia 4.8%, Australia 4.6%, Vietnam 4.2%, Singapore 4.1% (2015)
    $177.5 billion (2015 est.)
    $200.2 billion (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    machinery and parts, crude oil, electrical machinery and parts, chemicals, iron & steel and product, electronic integrated circuit, automobile’s parts, jewelry including silver bars and gold, computers and parts, electrical household appliances, soybean, soybean meal, wheat, cotton, dairy products
    China 20.3%, Japan 15.4%, US 6.9%, Malaysia 5.9%, UAE 4% (2015)
    $156.5 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $157.1 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    $134.7 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $135.8 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    $186.1 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $207.9 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    $78.68 billion (31 December 2015 est.)
    $73.46 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    baht per US dollar -
    34.248 (2015 est.)
    32.48 (2014 est.)
    32.48 (2013 est.)
    31.08 (2012 est.)
    30.492 (2011 est.)
  • Energy :: THAILAND

  • population without electricity: 700,000
    electrification - total population: 99 %
    electrification - urban areas: 99.7 %
    electrification - rural areas: 98.3 % (2013)
    156.4 billion kWh (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    155.9 billion kWh (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 24
    1.375 billion kWh (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    12.57 billion kWh (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 16
    53.85 million kW (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    90.2% of total installed capacity (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 75
    0% of total installed capacity (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 187
    6.5% of total installed capacity (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 123
    3.3% of total installed capacity (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 69
    232,900 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    43,140 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    898,000 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 14
    461 million bbl (1 January 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 52
    1.197 million bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    1.171 million bbl/day (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    233,800 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    67,470 bbl/day (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    41.8 billion cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    52.27 billion cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 189
    10.47 billion cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    255.9 billion cu m (1 January 2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    290.7 million Mt (2012 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 22
  • Communications :: THAILAND

  • total subscriptions: 5.309 million
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 8 (July 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 27
    total: 84.797 million
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 125 (July 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 16
    general assessment: high quality system, especially in urban areas like Bangkok
    domestic: fixed-line system provided by both a government-owned and commercial provider; wireless service expanding rapidly
    international: country code - 66; connected to major submarine cable systems providing links throughout Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean, 1 Pacific Ocean) (2015)
    6 terrestrial TV stations in Bangkok broadcast nationally via relay stations - 2 of the networks are owned by the military, the other 4 are government-owned or controlled, leased to private enterprise, and all are required to broadcast government-produced news programs twice a day; multi-channel satellite and cable TV subscription services are available; radio frequencies have been allotted for more than 500 government and commercial radio stations; many small community radio stations operate with low-power transmitters (2008)
    total: 26.726 million
    percent of population: 39.3% (July 2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
  • Transportation :: THAILAND

  • 101 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 56
    total: 63
    over 3,047 m: 8
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 12
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 23
    914 to 1,523 m: 14
    under 914 m: 6 (2013)
    total: 38
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
    914 to 1,523 m: 10
    under 914 m: 26 (2013)
    7 (2013)
    condensate 2 km; gas 5,900 km; liquid petroleum gas 85 km; oil 1 km; refined products 1,097 km (2013)
    total: 4,070.8 km
    standard gauge: 28.8 km 1.435-m gauge (28.8 km electrified)
    narrow gauge: 4,042 km 1.000-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 43
    total: 180,053 km (includes 450 km of expressways) (2006)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    4,000 km (3,701 km navigable by boats with drafts up to 0.9 m) (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    total: 363
    by type: bulk carrier 31, cargo 99, chemical tanker 28, container 18, liquefied gas 36, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 10, petroleum tanker 114, refrigerated cargo 24, roll on/roll off 1, vehicle carrier 1
    foreign-owned: 13 (China 1, Hong Kong 1, Malaysia 3, Singapore 1, Taiwan 1, UK 6)
    registered in other countries: 46 (Bahamas 4, Belize 1, Honduras 2, Panama 6, Singapore 33) (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 28
    major seaport(s): Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Map Ta Phut, Prachuap Port, Si Racha
    container port(s) TEUs): Bangkok (1,305,229), Laem Chabang (5,731,063)
    LNG terminal(s) (import): Map Ta Phut
  • Military and Security :: THAILAND

  • Royal Thai Army (Kongthap Bok Thai, RTA), Royal Thai Navy (Kongthap Ruea Thai, RTN, includes Royal Thai Marine Corps), Royal Thai Air Force (Kongthap Agard Thai, RTAF) (2013)
    21 years of age for compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary military service; males register at 18 years of age; 2-year conscript service obligation (2012)
    1.5% of GDP (2013)
    1.47% of GDP (2012)
    1.6% of GDP (2011)
    1.47% of GDP (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 63
  • Transnational Issues :: THAILAND

  • separatist violence in Thailand's predominantly Malay-Muslim southern provinces prompt border closures and controls with Malaysia to stem insurgent activities; Southeast Asian states have enhanced border surveillance to check the spread of avian flu; talks continue on completion of demarcation with Laos but disputes remain over several islands in the Mekong River; despite continuing border committee talks, Thailand must deal with Karen and other ethnic rebels, refugees, and illegal cross-border activities; Cambodia and Thailand dispute sections of boundary; in 2011 Thailand and Cambodia resorted to arms in the dispute over the location of the boundary on the precipice surmounted by Preah Vihear temple ruins, awarded to Cambodia by ICJ decision in 1962 and part of a planned UN World Heritage site; Thailand is studying the feasibility of jointly constructing the Hatgyi Dam on the Salween river near the border with Burma; in 2004, international environmentalist pressure prompted China to halt construction of 13 dams on the Salween River that flows through China, Burma, and Thailand; 140,000 mostly Karen refugees fleeing civil strife, political upheaval and economic stagnation in Burma live in remote camps in Thailand near the border
    refugees (country of origin): 106,349 (Burma) (2015)
    IDPs: 35,000 (resurgence in ethno-nationalist violence in south of country since 2004) (2015)
    stateless persons: 443,862 (2015); note - about half of Thailand's northern hill tribe people do not have citizenship and make up the bulk of Thailand's stateless population; most lack documentation showing they or one of their parents were born in Thailand; children born to Burmese refugees are not eligible for Burmese or Thai citizenship and are stateless; most Chao Lay, maritime nomadic peoples, who travel from island to island in the Andaman Sea west of Thailand are also stateless; stateless Rohingya refugees from Burma are considered illegal migrants by Thai authorities and are detained in inhumane conditions or expelled; stateless persons are denied access to voting, property, education, employment, healthcare, and driving
    note: Thai nationality was granted to more than 18,000 stateless persons in the last 3 years (2015)
    current situation: Thailand is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; victims from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, China, Vietnam, Uzbekistan, and India, migrate to Thailand in search of jobs but are forced, coerced, or defrauded into labor in commercial fishing, fishing-related industries, factories, domestic work, street begging, or the sex trade; some Thai, Burmese, Cambodian, and Indonesian men forced to work on fishing boats are kept at sea for years; sex trafficking of adults and children from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Burma remains a significant problem; Thailand is a transit country for victims from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Burma subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia, South Korea, the US, and countries in Western Europe; Thai victims are also trafficked in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
    tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - Thailand does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, and is not making significant efforts to do so; in 2014, authorities investigated, prosecuted, and convicted fewer traffickers and identified fewer victims; some cases of official complicity were investigated and prosecuted, but trafficking-related corruption continues to hinder progress in combatting trafficking; authorities’ efforts to screen for victims among vulnerable populations remained inadequate due to a poor understanding of trafficking indicators, a failure to recognize non-physical forms of coercion, and a shortage of language interpreters; the government passed new labor laws increasing the minimum age in the fishing industry to 18 years old, guaranteeing the minimum wage, and requiring work contracts, but weak law enforcement and poor coordination among regulatory agencies enabled exploitive labor practices to continue; the government increased efforts to raise public awareness to the dangers of human trafficking and to deny entry to foreign sex tourists (2015)
    a minor producer of opium, heroin, and marijuana; transit point for illicit heroin en route to the international drug market from Burma and Laos; eradication efforts have reduced the area of cannabis cultivation and shifted some production to neighboring countries; opium poppy cultivation has been reduced by eradication efforts; also a drug money-laundering center; minor role in methamphetamine production for regional consumption; major consumer of methamphetamine since the 1990s despite a series of government crackdowns