Thailand Country Profile

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Thailand
Thailand is located in the Indochinese Peninsula in South East Asia, with its southern parts bordering the Malay Peninsula. Thailand shares borders with Burma, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand. The total area of the country is around 513,120 sq km with 510,890 sq km of land and 2,230 sq km of water. The climate in Thailand is tropical with cloudy monsoons from mid May to September. The weather is using rainy, warm and humid. There are central plains in the east (Khorat Plateaus) and the remaining parts of the country are mountainous. Thailand is usually referred to as The Kingdom of Thailand. The government type of the country is a constitutional monarchy. The executive branch consists of the chief of state, King Phumiphon Adunyadet. The head of government is Prime Minister Yinglak Chinnawat. Monarchy is passed down by hereditary and the prime minister is elected from the House of Representatives with a limit of two four-year terms. The Judicial branch consists of three important courts and all the judges are chosen by the king. The population of Thailand recorded in July 2012 was 67,091,089. The main language used in Thailand is Thai. English is also one of the secondary languages along with many other ethnic and regional dialects. The ethnic groups in Thailand include 75% Thai, 14% Chinese and 11% of other different ethnic groups in the world. The most practiced religion is Buddhist (94.6%) along with 4.6% Muslim, 0.7% Christian. Thai people show great respect for their king. Religion is involved in many of Thai people’s everyday actions. Touching someone’s head and using your feet to point at something is considered very rude in Thailand’s culture. The natural resources found in Thailand include tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, fish, gypsum, lignite, fluorite and arable land. About 64,150 sq km of land came be irrigated. 6.93% of the land is used for permanent crops. Current...
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