Kingdom of Thailand
Note: Considerable variation occurs in the English transliteration of Thai names. Where possible, Thai sources have been relied on, but these also present variations.
Political Status: Independent monarchy functioning under a constitution approved by popular referendum on August 19, 2007, validated by the Constitutional Drafting Assembly on August 21, and promulgated on August 24.
Area: 198, 455 sq. mi. (514, 000 sq. km.).
Population: 60, 606, 947 (2000C), excluding adjustment for underenumeration; 64, 100, 000 (2010E).
Major Urban Center (2010E): BANGKOK (metropolitan area, 12, 390, 000 ).
Official Language: Thai.
Monetary Unit: Baht (official rate November 1, 2010: 29.87 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: ABHISIT Vejjajiva (Democrat Party), ...