Kingdom of Thailand

Prathet Thai

Political Status: Independent monarchy presently functioning under constitution approved by the National Assembly on September 27, 1997, and promulgated October 11.

Area: 198,455 sq. mi. (514,000 sq. km.).

Population: 60,606,947 (2000C), excluding adjustment for underenumeration; 63,489,000 (2004E).

Major Urban Center (2000C): BANGKOK (urban area, 6,320,174).

Official Language: Thai.

Monetary Unit: Baht (official rate July 1, 2005: 41.29 baht = $1US).

Sovereign: King BHUMIBOL Adulyadej (King RAMA IX); ascended the throne June 9, 1946; crowned May 5, 1950.

Heir Apparent: Crown Prince Maha VAJIRALONGKORN.

Prime Minister: THAKSIN Shinawatra (Thai Rak Thai); elected by the House of Representatives and endorsed by the King on February 9, 2001, following the general election of January 6, in succession to CHUAN Leekpai (Democrat Party); coalition cabinet endorsed by the King on February 17 and sworn ...

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