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Thailand

  • By: Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Located in southeast Asia, Thailand is bordered to the south by Laos and Myanmar, to the west by Laos and Cambodia, to the north by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the east by the Andaman Sea and Myanmar.

The majority of the population is in the age bracket of 15–64 (70.3 percent); and 8.5 percent are aged 65 years and over. The median age for males is 32 years, while the median age for females is 33.7 years. Of the approximately 65.5 million population, the total fertility rate of Thailand is 1.64 children born to every woman. In 2009, Thailand's birth rate was estimated at 13.4 births per 1,000 population, and the population growth rate is 0.62 percent. The infant mortality rate was ...

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