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Here are some interesting facts about Thailand - Category: Introduction - Background: A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US ally following the conflict. Thailand is currently facing separatist violence in its southern ethnic Malay-Muslim provinces.

Category: Government - Capital: name: Bangkok; geographic coordinates: 13 45 N, 100 31 E; time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Category: People - Total fertility rate (children born/woman): 1.64 children born/woman (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Budget: revenues: .3 billion; expenditures: .76 billion (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 100 00 E

Category: Transportation - Merchant marine: total: 398; by type: bulk carrier 53, cargo 135, chemical tanker 15, container 22, liquefied gas 28, passenger/cargo 10, petroleum tanker 100, refrigerated cargo 32, specialized tanker 2, vehicle carrier 1; foreign-owned: 16 (China 1, Japan 4, Malaysia 3, Singapore 2, Taiwan 1, UK 5); registered in other countries: 40 (Bahamas 5, Mongolia 1, Panama 10, Singapore 23, Tuvalu 1) (2008)

Category: Communications - Telephones - main lines in use: 7.024 million (2007)

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 1.8% of GDP (2005 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: separatist violence in Thailand's predominantly Muslim southern provinces prompt border closures and controls with Malaysia to stem terrorist activities; Southeast Asian states have enhanced border surveillance to check the spread of avian flu; talks continue on completion of demarcation with Laos but disputes remain over several islands in the Mekong River; despite continuing border committee talks, Thailand must deal with Karen and other ethnic rebels, refugees, and illegal cross-border activities, and as of 2006, over 116,000 Karen, Hmong, and other refugees and asylum seekers from Burma; Cambodia and Thailand dispute sections of historic boundary with missing boundary markers; Cambodia claims Thai encroachments into Cambodian territory and obstructing access to Preah Vihear temple ruins awarded to Cambodia by ICJ decision in 1962; Thailand is studying the feasibility of jointly constructing the Hatgyi Dam on the Salween river near the border with Burma; in 2004, international environmentalist pressure prompted China to halt construction of 13 dams on the Salween River that flows through China, Burma, and Thailand

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  1. Communications - Telephone system: general assessment: high quality system, especially in urban areas like Bangkok; domestic: fixed line system provided by both a government owned and commercial provider; wireless service expanding rapidly and outpacing fixed lines; international: country code - 66; connected to major submarine cable systems providing links throughout Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, and US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean, 1 Pacific Ocean)

  2. Economy - GDP (official exchange rate): 2.1 billion (2008 estimate)

  3. Economy - Industrial production growth rate (%): 8% (2008 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook