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Thailand

Welcome to Thailand, a country filled with tropical beaches and spectacular temples. The Buddhist religion dominates daily life. Today, Thailand is rebuilding after a tsunami killed thousands of people in 2004. Read on to explore this exotic land.

 

Get to know Thailand. Learn about its land, products and culture.

 

Official name: Kingdom of Thailand

 

Size: 198,456 square miles;  about twice the size of Wyoming

 

Capital: Bangkok

 

Population: 66,720,153 as of 2011

 

Population Under Age 14: 23.9%

 

Official language: Thai

 

Currency: Baht

 

Religion: Buddhist 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1%

 

Literacy: 92.6%

 

Climate: Warm, humid and rainy mid-May to October; cool and dry November to mid-March

 

Agriculture: Rice, cassava, corn, sugarcane, coconuts

 

Resources: Tin, rubber, natural gas, timber, lead, fish

 

Major Industries: Tourism, clothing, beverages, cement, furniture, plastics

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