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Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

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Thailand
Kingdom of Thailand
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index103rd best
CapitalBangkok
Land Area1 510 890 km2
LocationAsia
Population2 69.89 million
Life Expectancy374.293yrs (2012)
GNI3$7 722
ISO3166-1 Codes4TH, THA, 764
Internet Domain5.th
Currency6Baht (THB)
Telephone7+66

1. Overview

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 treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Demonstrations in 2010 culminated with clashes between security forces and pro-THAKSIN protesters, elements of which were armed, and resulted in at least 92 deaths and an estimated $1.5 billion in arson-related property losses. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. YINGLAK's leadership was almost immediately challenged by historic flooding in late 2011 that had large swathes of the country underwater and threatened to inundate Bangkok itself. Throughout 2012 the Puea Thai-led government struggled with the opposition Democrat Party to fulfill some of its main election promises, including constitutional reform and political reconciliation. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Thailand National and Social Development

UN's Human Development Index
Country2012
score
Average
1980-2010
1Norway95.587.3
2Australia93.888.9
3USA93.787.8
...
100Jordan70.061.9
101China69.954.1
102Turkmenistan69.868.1
103Thailand69.058.9
104Maldives68.861.7
105Suriname68.467.7
106Gabon68.360.4
107El Salvador68.057.0
108Mongolia67.558.1
109Bolivia67.558.5
110Palestine67.064.0
111Paraguay66.959.8
112Egypt66.253.3
Data Source
Social and Moral Development
CountryScore
1Sweden89.9
2Iceland88.7
3Denmark88.3
...
100Kazakhstan53.5
101Namibia53.4
102Sao Tome & Principe53.2
103Thailand53.0
104Micronesia53.0
105Samoa53.0
106Moldova52.9
107Turkmenistan52.8
108Honduras52.8
109Azerbaijan52.7
110Qatar52.6
111Bolivia52.5
112Vietnam52.5
113Libya52.4
Data Source

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others. The values in the chart are factored by 100.

The Social and Moral Development Index is a formulaic aggregation of many factors. It concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism. A country scores higher for achieving well in those areas, and for sustaining that achievement in the long term. Those countries towards the top of this index can truly said to be setting good examples and leading humankind onwards into a bright, humane, and free future. See: "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).

3. Population and Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy (at birth)
1Japan83.6
2Hong Kong83
3Switzerland82.5
...
73Armenia74.4
74Malaysia74.5
75Cape Verde74.3
76Thailand74.3
77Nicaragua74.3
78Peru74.2
79Turkey74.2
80Romania74.2
Data Source
Fertility Rate
1Korea, N.2.0
2Brunei2.0
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.0
...
68Cambodia2.4
69Bulgaria1.5
70Bahrain2.5
71Thailand1.5
72Greece1.5
73Georgia1.5
74Switzerland1.5
75Mongolia2.5
Data Source
Population (m=millions)
CountryPeoplePer km2
1China1 353.6m145
2India1 258.35m423
3USA 315.79m35
...
16Germany 81.99m235
17Iran 75.61m46
18Turkey 74.51m97
19Thailand 69.89m137
20Congo, DR 69.58m31
21France 63.46m116
22UK 62.8m260
Data Source

Thailand's population is predicted to rise to 73.32 million by 2030. This rise is despite a low fertility rate, meaning, that this country is helping to alleviate problems with growing population in neighbouring countries by accepting immigrants, very likely as a requirement of maintaining an active workforce. This country has a fertility rate of 1.54.

The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

4. Gender Equality

Female Vote and Stand
1New Zealand1893
2Australia1902
3Finland1906
...
36Sri Lanka1931
37Maldives1932
38Uruguay1932
39Thailand1932
40Brazil1934
41Cuba1934
42Turkey1934
43Myanmar (Burma)1935
Gender Equality
1Netherlands0.04
2Sweden0.05
3Denmark0.06
...
64Kyrgyzstan0.36
65Maldives0.36
66Chile0.36
67Thailand0.36
68Turkey0.37
69Uruguay0.37
70Mauritius0.38
71Argentina0.38
Data Source

Gender inequality is not a necessary part of early human development. Although a separation of roles is almost universal due to different strengths between the genders, this does not have to mean that women are subdued, and, such patriarchialism is not universal in ancient history. Those cultures and peoples who shed, or never developed, the idea that mankind ought to dominate womankind, are better cultures and peoples than those who, even today, cling violently to those mores.

Thailand has made some steps towards ending gender inequality but much more needs to be done.

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5. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Disbelief In God
1Vietnam81%
2Japan65%
3Sweden64%
...
101Azerbaijan0%
102Zambia0%
103Yemen0%
104Thailand0%
105Brunei0%
106Madagascar0%
107Somalia0%
108Pakistan0%
Data Source
How Many Are Religious?
1Estonia16%
2Sweden17%
3Denmark19%
...
98Cameroon96%
99Malaysia96%
100Afghanistan97%
101Thailand97%
102Comoros97%
103Morocco97%
104Egypt97%
105Somaliland98%
Data Source

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below9:

Christian0.9%
Muslim5.5%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist93.2%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.3%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Buddhist (official) 94.6%, Muslim 4.6%, Christian 0.7%, other 0.1% (2000 census)10.

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6. The Internet

Internet Freedom
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
32Sri Lanka55
33Kazakhstan58
34Egypt59
35Thailand61
36Pakistan63
37Belarus69
38Saudi Arabia71
39Bahrain71
Data Source
Internet Users in Population
1Iceland95.64
2Norway93.28
3Netherlands90.70
...
101Kenya25.90
102Tuvalu25.00
103Philippines25.00
104Thailand21.20
105Syria20.66
106Micronesia20.01
107Bolivia20.00
108Paraguay19.80
Data Source

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

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7. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

Anti-Semite Opinions11
Country%11
1Laos0
2Philippines3
3Sweden4
...
7Denmark9
8USA9
9Tanzania12
10Thailand13
11Czech Rep.13
12Canada14
13New Zealand14
14Australia14
Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
12
CountryValue12
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
27Denmark25.5
28Malaysia27.5
29Finland28.25
30Thailand28.75
31Uzbekistan29
32Libya29
33Puerto Rico29
34Cyprus31
Personal, Civil and Economic Freedom13
CountryRank13
1Hong Kong1
2Switzerland2
3New Zealand3
...
104Mozambique103
105Argentina103
106Malawi106
107Thailand107
108Lebanon108
109Laos109
110Ivory Coast110
111Kuwait111
Global Peace Index
1Iceland1.11
2New Zealand1.24
3Denmark1.24
...
122Venezuela2.28
123Guatemala2.29
124Mauritania2.30
125Thailand2.30
126S. Africa2.32
127Iran2.32
128Honduras2.34
129Turkey2.34
Data Source
Average IQ
1Singapore108
2Korea, S.106
3Taiwan105
...
47Malaysia92
48Greece92
49Cambodia91
50Thailand91
51Lithuania91
52Brunei91
53Chile90
54Croatia90
Data Source
Human Rights Treaties
1Argentina24
2Ecuador23
3Germany23
...
150Swaziland11
151Cuba11
152Barbados11
153Thailand11
154Zimbabwe11
155Vatican City10
156Vietnam10
157Vanuatu10
Data Source
Press Freedom Index
1Finland99.0
2Netherlands99.0
3Norway99.0
...
131Burundi99.4
132Zimbabwe99.4
133Jordan99.4
134Thailand99.4
135Morocco99.4
136Ethiopia99.4
137Tunisia99.4
138Indonesia99.4
Data Source
R & D Spending
Country% RDP PPP
1Korea, S.4.2914
2Israel4.1114
3Japan3.5814
...
66Puerto Rico0.4415
67Jordan0.4316
68Mozambique0.4217
69Thailand0.3918
70Chile0.3814
71Montenegro0.3815
72Romania0.3814
73Ghana0.3817
Gross National Income
1Qatar$87 478
2Liechtenstein$84 880
3Kuwait$52 793
...
90China$7 945
91Albania$7 822
92Turkmenistan$7 782
93Thailand$7 722
94Bosnia & Herzegovina$7 713
95Maldives$7 478
96Ecuador$7 471
97Algeria$7 418
Data Source
Happiness
1Denmark7.8
2Netherlands7.6
3Norway7.6
...
26Brazil6.8
27Germany6.7
28Cyprus6.7
29Thailand6.7
30Saudi Arabia6.7
31Trinidad & Tobago6.7
32El Salvador6.7
33Qatar6.6
Data Source
Environmental Performance
1Iceland93.5
2Switzerland89.1
3Costa Rica86.4
...
63Venezuela62.9
64Bulgaria62.5
65Israel62.4
66Thailand62.2
67Egypt62.0
68Russia61.2
69Argentina61.0
70Greece60.9
Data Source
Gay Equality
1Netherlands405
2Belgium350
3Canada280
...
58Albania30
59Serbia30
60Montenegro30
61Thailand30
62Micronesia30
63Latvia25
64Estonia25
65El Salvador25
Data Source

Current edition: 2013 May 01
http://www.humantruth.info/thailand.html
Parent page: The Human Truth Foundation

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References: (What's this?)

Anti-Defamation League. (ADL)
(2014) ADL Global 100, Executive Summary. Accessed on global100.adl.org on 2017 Jan 02. The numbers given are of those who state that racist stereotyped statements about Jews are true; they have to agree to 6 or more of the 11 statements to be counted. An example statements is "Jews are hated because of the way they behave". The data was collected from 53,100 interviews across 101 countries plus the West Bank and Gaza. The global average is 26%.

Charities Aid Foundation
World Giving Index. On www.cafonline.org.

CIA
(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Crabtree, Vexen
(2017) "What is the Best Country in the World? An Index of Morality, Conscience and Good Life" (2017). Accessed 2017 Feb 28.

Gallup
(2009) Religiosity. gallup.com/poll/142727/.... The survey question was "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" and results are charted for those who said "yes". 1000 adults were polled in each of 114 countries.

Lynn, Harvey & Nyborg
(2009) Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations. Richard Lynn, John Harvey and Helmuth Nyborg article "Average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 nations" in Intelligence (2009 Jan/Feb) vol. 37 issue 1 pages 11-15. Online at www.sciencedirect.com, accessed 2009 Sep 15.

OECD
(2016) Research and development (R&D) - Gross domestic spending on R&D. Data from data.oecd.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 28.

The Fraser Institute
(2016) The Human Freedom Index. Published by The Cato Institute, The Fraser Institute and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Covers data up to 2014. On www.fraserinstitute.org/.../human-freedom-index-2016..

United Nations
(2011) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All. Published on the United Nation's website at hdr.undp.org/.../HDR_2011_EN_Complete.pdf (accessed throughout 2013, Jan-Mar). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.
(2013) Human Development Report. This edition had the theme of The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Published on the United Nation's HDR website at hdr.undp.org/.../hdr2013/ (accessed throughout 2013). UN Development Program: About the Human Development Index.

World Bank
Research and Development and a Percent of GDP PPP. Data from databank.worldbank.org. Accessed 2016 Sep 29.

Footnotes

  1. World Bank data on data.worldbank.org accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. UN (2011) .^
  3. UN (2013) .^
  4. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on www.iso.org, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  5. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on www.iana.org.^
  6. According to ISO4217.^
  7. According to ITU-T.^
  8. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/th.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  9. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  10. CIA (2013) https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ar.html accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  11. ADL (2014) . Lower is better.^
  12. Charities Aid Foundation . Average ranking across years 2013-2016. Lower is better.^
  13. Fraser Institute, the (2016) . Covers data for 2014.^
  14. OECD (2016) data for year 2014.^
  15. World Bank data for year 2013.^
  16. World Bank data for year 2008.^
  17. World Bank data for year 2010.^
  18. World Bank data for year 2011.^

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