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Facts And Figures About Thailand

Before purchasing a investment property in Thailand it is essential that you learn as much as possible about the area you are considering purchasing in. Below is some useful information on Thailand for potential homebuyers and property investors.


Research and Facts About Thailand

  • Data for Thailand collected from the CIA Factbook - Thailand

Country Name:

conventional long form: Kingdom of Thailand

conventional short form: Thailand

former: Siam

Location:

Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma

Area:

514,000 sq km

land:

511,770 sq km

water:

2,230 sq km

Land Boundaries:

total: 4,863 km

border countries: Burma 1,800 km, Cambodia 803 km,

Laos 1,754 km, Malaysia 506 km

Border Countries:

Burma 1,800 km, Cambodia 803 km, Laos 1,754 km, Malaysia 506 km

Coastline:

3,219 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 the east; mountains elsewhere

Population:

64,631,595

Age Structure:

0-14 Years:

22% (male 7,284,068/female 6,958,632)

15-64 Years:

70% (male 22,331,312/female 22,880,588)

65 Years and Over:

65 years and over: 8% (male 2,355,190/female 2,821,805) (2006 est.)

Average Age:

Total:

31.9 years

Male:

31.1 years

Female:

32.8 years (2006 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Religions:

Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census)

General

Languages:

Thai, English (secondary language of the elite), ethnic and regional dialects

Government

Type:

Constitutional monarchy

Capital:

Bangkok

Independence:

1238 (traditional founding date; never colonized)

Economy

Currency:

baht (THB)

Exchange Rates:

baht per US dollar - 40.22 (2005), 40.222 (2004), 41.485 (2003), 42.96 (2002), 44.432 (2001)

GDP Growth Rate:

4.8% (2005 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 49%

industry: 14%

services: 37% (2000 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

1.4% (September 2005)

Inflation Rate:

2.2% (2005 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

rice, cassava (tapioca), rubber, corn, sugarcane, coconuts, soybeans

Transportation

Railways:

total: 4,071 km

narrow gauge: 4,071 km 1.000-m gauge (2004)

Roads:

Total: 57,694 km

paved: 32,551 km (including 481 km of expressways)

unpaved: 25,143 km (2002)

Airports:

total: 65

over 3,047 m: 7

Ports & Harbours:

Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Prachuap Port, Si Racha

Communications

Mains Telephones:

6.797 million (2004)

Mobile Telephones:

27.379 million (2005)

Television Stations:

111 (2006)

Internet Users:

8.42 million (2005)

Country Internet Code:

.th

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