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General Profile

Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma Area: total: 514,000 sq km land: 511,770 sq km water: 2,230 sq km Climate: Tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid Terrain: central plain; Khorat Plateau in east; mountains elsewhere Capital: Bangkok Administrative divisions: 76 provinces (changwat); Amnat Charoen, Ang Thong, Bangkok, Buriram, Chachoengsao, Chai Nat, Chaiyaphum, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Chumphon, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Krabi, 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 Population: 65,444,371 (2005 est.) Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11% Nationality: noun: Thai adjective: Thai Languages: Thai, English, ethnic and regional dialects Religions: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census) Literacy: 92.6%

Political Profile

Government type: constitutional monarchy Executive branch: • chief of state: H.E.King BHUMIBOL Adunyadet (since June 1946) • head of government: Prime Minister THAKSIN Shinawatra (since February 2001) • cabinet: Council of Ministers • elections: cabinet is elected by popular vote four-year term National Holiday: Birthday of King BHUMIBOL 5 December (1927) ACD Member: ACD Member since 2002 Prime Mover (PM) on Working Group: Tourism, Financial Cooperation Co-Prime Mover on Working Group: None Thai government official web site : www.thaigov.go.th

Economical Profile

Currency (code): baht (THB) GDP: $545.8 billion (2005 est.) GDP per capita: $8,300 (2005 est.) Exports - commodities: textiles and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber, jewelry, automobiles, computers and electrical appliances Exports - partners: US , Japan , China , Singapore , Malaysia , Hong Kong Imports - commodities: capital goods, intermediate goods and raw materials, consumer goods, fuels Imports - partners: Japan , China , US , Malaysia , Singapore , Taiwan Agriculture - products: rice, cassava (tapioca), rubber, corn, sugarcane, coconuts, soybeans Industries: tourism, textile and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry, electric appliances and components, computers and parts integrated circuits, furniture, plastics, automobiles and automotive parts, world’s second-largest tungsten producer, and trhird-largest yin producer Source : The World Fact Book 2005 (www.cia.gov)

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