A few facts about Thailand

2 02 2010

Thailand is a kingdom, a constitutional monarchy with King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the helm.  The king has reigned since 1946, making him the world’s longest-serving current head of state.  The king is widely respected and the Thais have pictures of him in every establishment and he is on every single bill of the Thai Baht. 

The form of government has ranged from military dictatorship to electoral democracy but all governments have acknowledged the king as head of state.  Now there  is a democratic parliament but Thailand has been in political crisis for a while, marked with scandals, corruption and frequent changes in the cabinet.

Thailand is the 50th largest country in the world, slightly larger than Spain, and has a population of 64 million (21st in the world).  GDP (ppp) per capita is just over $8,000 or 86th in the world.

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