The Human Truth Foundation

Thailand (Kingdom of Thailand)

https://www.humantruth.info/thailand.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#Asia #charitability #indonesia #Myanmar #thailand #Theravada_Buddhism

Thailand
Kingdom of Thailand
StatusIndependent State
Social and Moral Index60th best
CapitalBangkok
Land Area 510 890km21
LocationAsia
Population69.4m2
Life Expectancy78.72yrs (2017)3
GNI$17 030 (2017)4
ISO3166-1 CodesTH, THA, 7645
Internet Domain.th6
CurrencyBaht (THB)7
Telephone+668

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)9

Book CoverFriendly and fun-loving, exotic and tropical, cultured and historic, Thailand radiates a golden hue from its gaudy temples and tropical beaches to the ever-comforting Thai smile. Lustrous Thailand radiates a hospitality that makes it one of the most accessibly exotic destinations on earth. Its natural landscape is part of the allure: the blonde beaches are lapped at by cerulean seas, while the northern mountains cascade into the misty horizon. In between are emerald-coloured rice fields and busy, prosperous cities built around sacred temples. It is a bountiful land where the markets are piled high with pyramids of colourful fruits and the rót khen (vendor cart) is an integral piece of a city´s infrastructure.

You´ll suffer few travelling hardships, save for a few pushy touts, in this land of comfort and convenience. Bangkok reigns as an Asian superstar, Chiang Mai excels in liveability and the tropical islands are up all night to party. It is relatively cheap to hop around by plane and the kingdom provides a gateway to everywhere else in the region. Though the fiery curries and simple stir-fries might delay your departure.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)10

Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, in his concurrent position as NCPO chairman, [wields] absolute power without oversight or accountability. The 2017 constitution, promulgated in March, endorses the continuance of this power, thereby guaranteeing that both the NCPO and officials operating under its orders cannot be held accountable for their rights violations. An unelected Senate and other elements of the new constitution lay the foundations for prolonged military control even if the junta fulfills its promise to hold elections in November 2018.

"World Report 2018" by Human Rights Watch (2018)11

2. Thailand National and Social Development

#economics #human_development #wealth

UN HDI (2021)12
Pos.Higher is better
Value12
1Switzerland0.962
2Norway0.961
3Iceland0.959
...
63=Mauritius0.802
63=Georgia0.802
63=Serbia0.802
66Thailand0.800
67Albania0.796
68=Grenada0.795
68=Bulgaria0.795
70Barbados0.790
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.72
q=191.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2021)12
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $12
1Liechtenstein$146 830
2Singapore$90 919
3Qatar$87 134
...
70Mexico$17 896
71Nauru$17 730
72China$17 504
73Thailand$17 030
74Antigua & Barbuda$16 792
75Botswana$16 198
76Macedonia$15 918
77Maldives$15 448
Asia Avg$22 215
World Avg$20 136
q=193.
Social & Moral
Development Index
13
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank13
1Norway28.6
2Denmark30.0
3Sweden30.7
...
57Mexico75.1
58Sri Lanka75.2
59UAE75.5
60Thailand75.7
61Turkey76.7
62Bosnia & Herzegovina76.7
63Qatar77.5
64Trinidad & Tobago77.9
Asia Avg87.7
World Avg86.8
q=195.

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 Social and Moral Development Index concentrates on moral issues and human rights, violence, public health, equality, tolerance, freedom and effectiveness in climate change mitigation and environmentalism, and on some technological issues. 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: Which are the Best Countries in the World? The Social and Moral Development Index.

3. Thailand's Demographics and Migration

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

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.

Population2
Pos.2018
Population2
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
17Germany83.1m
18Turkey82.3m
19Iran81.8m
20Thailand69.4m
21UK67.1m
22France65.0m
23Italy60.6m
24S. Africa57.8m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy
Higher is better
12
Pos.2021
Years12
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
35Qatar79.3
36Chile78.9
37Bahrain78.8
38Thailand78.7
39UAE78.7
40Kuwait78.7
41Antigua & Barbuda78.5
42China78.2
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
14
Pos.201314
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
68Cambodia2.45
69Bulgaria1.54
70Bahrain2.46
71Thailand1.54
72Greece1.54
73Georgia1.53
74Switzerland1.53
75Mongolia2.48
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
Lower is better
15
Pos.2016
Per 10015
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3=Chad04.7
...
135Macedonia27.7
136Luxembourg28.3
137Armenia28.7
138=Thailand29.2
138=Ireland29.2
140Russia29.5
141Georgia29.7
142Montenegro30.0
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants16
Pos.2017
%16
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
79Marshall Islands6.2%
80Turkey6.0%
81Syria5.5%
82Thailand5.2%
83Hungary5.2%
84Palestine5.2%
85Argentina4.9%
86Panama4.7%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants17
Pos.2010
%17
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
...
167Malawi1.4%
168Congo, DR1.3%
169N. Korea1.3%
170Thailand1.2%
171UAE1.2%
172Mongolia1.2%
173Kenya1.1%
174Indonesia1.1%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#antisemitism #equality #gender_equality #human_rights #morals #politics #prejudice #thailand #tolerance

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)18
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank18
1Sweden9.0
2Norway14.5
3Denmark14.5
...
98China91.8
99Kenya92.4
100Vietnam92.7
101Thailand93.3
102Niger93.8
103Monaco93.8
Asia Avg99.9
World Avg87.9
q=199.
Thailand is generally poor at ensuring human rights and freedom compared to the rest of the world. Thailand comes in the best 20 in its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice19. It does better than average for LGBT equality20 and in opposing gender inequality21. But unfortunately Thailand gets most other things wrong. It does worse than average for the rate of gender bias (from 7 indicators)22 (still good for Asia), commentary in Human Rights Watch reports23 (still high for Asia), supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms24, speed of uptake of HR treaties25, supporting press freedom26, its nominal commitment to Human Rights27 and in freethought28. The rich and the poor live completely different lives; just 1% of the popuation draws 20% of the country's entire income29. Military Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha wields "absolute power without oversight or accountability" and he and his officials "cannot be held accountable for their rights violations"11. Civil rights are suffering and critics of the government are being suppressed and silenced and some protests have been violently dispersed. Thailand's fishing industry has become infamous for using modern slavery techniques to acquire and keep workers via human trafficking and debt bondage techniques30.

For tables, charts and commentary, see:

5. Thailand's Health

#alcohol #birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #mental_health #obesity #overpopulation #parenting #population #smoking #suicide #vaccines

Compared to Asia (2020)31
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank31
1Hong Kong18.3
2Maldives41.0
3Singapore42.6
...
10Malaysia62.8
11Oman62.9
12N. Korea65.0
13=Thailand65.3
14Bangladesh66.8
15Kuwait67.1
16Uzbekistan68.4
17Saudi Arabia69.3
18Qatar70.6
Asia Avg80.1
q=50.
Health (2020)31
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank31
1Monaco13.0
2Hong Kong18.3
3Maldives41.0
...
13Oman62.9
14Mauritius64.5
15N. Korea65.0
16=Thailand65.3
16=Finland65.3
18Switzerland65.6
19Bangladesh66.8
20Kuwait67.1
World Avg93.5
q=196.

The countries with the best overall approach to public health, in terms of both public policy and individual lifestyle choices, are Monaco, Hong Kong and The Maldives32. These countries are worth emulating. And, although often through no fault of the average citizen, the worst countries are The Marshall Islands, S. Sudan and Palau32.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are its average life expectancy, its alcohol consumption rate, its fertility rate, its smoking rate, its suicide rate, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance, the prevalence of overweight adults, its adolescent birth rate and its immunizations take-up. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Asia and The Mediterranean32, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Australasia and Africa32.

For more, see:

Health:

Thailand does relatively well in encouraging good health, compared to many other countries. Thailand does better than average in terms of its immunizations take-up33, its food aid and health contributions and WHO compliance34, its average life expectancy12, its suicide rate35 and in its fertility rate14. Thailand doesn't do so well in other areas. Thailand does worse than average in its adolescent birth rate21, its smoking rate36 and in its alcohol consumption rate37. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% over the past 40 years. Life expectancy in Thailand improved by +8.5yrs in the 30 years from 1990, just over the global average improvement of +7.9yrs.

Life Expectancy
Higher is better
12
Pos.2021
Years12
1Monaco85.9
2Hong Kong85.5
3Japan84.8
...
35Qatar79.3
36Chile78.9
37Bahrain78.8
38Thailand78.7
39UAE78.7
40Kuwait78.7
41Antigua & Barbuda78.5
42China78.2
Asia Avg73.48
World Avg71.28
q=195.
Alcohol Consumption
Lower is better
37
Pos.2016
Per Capita37
1Bangladesh0.0
2Kuwait0.0
3Libya0.0
...
122=Burkina Faso8.2
122=St Vincent & Grenadines8.2
122=Dominica8.2
125Thailand8.3
126=Ivory Coast8.4
126=Botswana8.4
126=Trinidad & Tobago8.4
126=Vietnam8.4
Asia Avg3.9
World Avg6.2
q=189.
Fertility Rate
2.0 is best
14
Pos.201314
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
68Cambodia2.45
69Bulgaria1.54
70Bahrain2.46
71Thailand1.54
72Greece1.54
73Georgia1.53
74Switzerland1.53
75Mongolia2.48
Asia Avg2.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Smoking Rates
Lower is better
36
Pos.201436
1Guinea 15
2Solomon Islands 26
3Kiribati 28
...
111Sweden 831
112Laos 836
113Iran 869
114Thailand 895
115Turkmenistan 92538
116Chile 930
117Ireland 954
118Australia 956
Asia Avg1 035
World Avg 819
q=182.
Suicide Rate35
Pos.2013
Per 100k35
1Haiti0
2Grenada0
3Egypt0.1
...
40Ecuador14.1
41Spain15.3
42Argentina15.6
43Thailand15.8
44Australia16.4
45El Salvador16.5
46Kyrgyzstan17.7
47Netherlands18.6
Asia Avg19.50
World Avg20.93
q=91.
Food Aid, Health Contributions & WHO Compliance
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Sweden1
2Ireland2
3Denmark3
...
34Macedonia34
35India35
36Fiji36
37Thailand37
38Pakistan38
39Portugal39
40Brazil40
41Iceland41
Asia Avg64.4
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Overweight Adults
Lower is better39
Pos.2016
%39
1Vietnam18.3
2India19.7
3Bangladesh20.0
...
53=China32.3
53=Mauritius32.3
55N. Korea32.4
56Thailand32.6
57Cameroon33.6
58Mauritania34.4
59Cape Verde34.8
60Sao Tome & Principe35.4
Asia Avg44.3
World Avg49.0
q=191.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate
Lower is better
21
Pos.2015
Per 100021
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
96Georgia39.7
97Barbados40.7
98Vanuatu43.1
99Thailand44.6
100Antigua & Barbuda44.8
101Fiji44.8
102S. Africa45.5
103Cuba45.6
Asia Avg29.9
World Avg47.9
q=185.
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015
Higher is better
33
Pos.2015
Avg %33
1=Hungary99.0
1=China99.0
3Uzbekistan98.9
...
17Antigua & Barbuda98.0
18Cuba97.9
19Belgium97.8
20Thailand97.8
21=Mauritius97.6
21=Fiji97.6
23Kuwait97.5
24Morocco97.5
Asia Avg90.5
World Avg88.3
q=194.

6. Thailand's Responsibility Towards The Environment

#biodiversity #climate_change #deforestation #energy #food #meat #over-exploitation #sustainability #the_environment #veganism #vegetarianism

Compared to Asia (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Sri Lanka49.0
...
23Mongolia84.8
24China85.2
25Cambodia90.0
26Thailand90.4
27Syria91.0
28Israel92.0
29Turkey92.2
30Pakistan92.4
31Bhutan92.7
Asia Avg88.8
q=51.
Responsibility Towards The Environment (2023)40
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank40
1Japan33.2
2Philippines45.0
3Uruguay48.0
...
111Senegal88.5
112Papua New Guinea89.0
113Cambodia90.0
114Thailand90.4
115Syria91.0
116Dominica91.7
117Israel92.0
118Turkey92.2
World Avg85.7
q=188.
Thailand ranks 114th in the world when it comes to its responsibility towards the environment. This rank is derived from 7 data sets. Thailand does better than average when it comes to its forested percent change 1990-201541, the rate of rational beliefs on the environment in the population42 and in annual meat consumption per person43. Thailand still has work to do. Thailand does worse than average for its score on the Green Future Index44, energy to GDP efficiency45 and in its environmental performance46. And finally, it falls into the worst 20 in terms of how quickly it ratified the 1993 Convention on Biological Diversity.

Forest Area Change 1990-2015
Higher is better
41
Pos.2015
%41
1Iceland+205.6
2Bahrain+144.4
3Uruguay+131.3
...
30France+17.7
31Algeria+17.3
32Bulgaria+17.1
33Thailand+17.1
34Chile+16.2
35Hungary+14.0
36Morocco+13.7
37UK+13.2
Asia Avg+07.0
World Avg+02.8
q=184.
Environmental Performance
Higher is better
46
Pos.201846
1Switzerland87.4
2France84.0
3Denmark81.6
...
118Grenada50.9
119Tanzania50.8
120China50.7
121Thailand49.9
122Micronesia49.8
123Libya49.8
124Ghana49.7
125Timor-Leste (E. Timor)49.5
Asia Avg54.5
World Avg56.4
q=180.
Energy to GDP Efficiency
Higher is better45
Pos.201445
1Hong Kong26.32
2Sri Lanka20.00
3Panama17.86
...
77=USA07.58
78Czechia07.46
79=Tajikistan07.46
80Thailand07.41
81Cambodia07.35
82Nigeria07.30
83Georgia07.25
84Vietnam07.14
Asia Avg09.14
World Avg09.29
q=119.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Earlier is better
Pos.0
Signed
1=China1993 Dec 29
1=Guinea1993 Dec 29
1=Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
185Bosnia & Herzegovina2002 Nov 24
186Afghanistan2002 Dec 18
187Tuvalu2003 Mar 20
188Thailand2004 Jan 29
189Montenegro2006 Jun 03
190Timor-Leste (E. Timor)2007 Jan 08
191Brunei2008 Jul 27
192Iraq2009 Oct 26
Asia Avg1899 Dec 30
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment
Higher is better42
Pos.2011
%42
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
38Belize50.6%
39Burkina Faso50.5%
40Dominican Rep.50.2%
41Thailand49.9%
42Italy49.6%
43Vietnam49.1%
44Honduras48.1%
45Iran47.9%
Asia Avg37.9%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.
Meat Consumption
Lower is better
43
Pos.2021
kg43
1Congo, DR03.0
2Burundi03.5
3Bangladesh04.3
...
45Ghana20.9
46Haiti21.6
47Lesotho21.7
48Thailand26.0
49Swaziland27.1
50Malawi27.4
51Tunisia27.8
52Sao Tome & Principe28.3
Asia Avg46.7
World Avg52.5
q=185.
Green Future Index
Higher is better44
Pos.2023
Score44
1Iceland6.7
2Finland6.7
3Norway6.4
...
52Ecuador4.1
53=Kazakhstan4.1
53=Vietnam4.1
55Thailand4.1
56Saudi Arabia4.1
57Kuwait4.1
58Ethiopia4.0
59Angola4.0
Asia Avg4.3
World Avg4.8
q=76.

7. Thailand's Modernity and Learning

#education #english #intelligence #maths #modernity #politics #research #science #technology #the_internet

Compared to Asia (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Taiwan10.0
2Japan21.9
3=S. Korea24.0
...
20Azerbaijan70.1
21Iran71.7
22Kyrgyzstan71.8
23Thailand72.9
24India73.8
25=Qatar75.5
26Bahrain75.6
27Kuwait77.6
28Sri Lanka79.6
Asia Avg79.0
q=51.
Modernity & Learning (2020)47
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank47
1Finland8.4
2Taiwan10.0
3Switzerland15.1
...
83Iran71.7
84Kyrgyzstan71.8
85Albania72.4
86Thailand72.9
87Tunisia73.4
88India73.8
89Andorra74.5
90Tonga75.2
World Avg83.2
q=205.

Modernity and Education:

Research & Development
Higher is better
Pos.2016
% RDP PPP
1S. Korea4.2948
2Israel4.1148
3Japan3.5848
...
66=Puerto Rico0.4449
67Jordan0.4350
68Mozambique0.4251
69Thailand0.3952
70=Tanzania0.3851
70=Romania0.3848
70=Montenegro0.3849
70=Chile0.3848
Asia Avg0.75
World Avg0.84
q=126.
Secondary Education
Higher is better
53
Pos.201853
1=Luxembourg100.0%
1=Estonia100.0%
1=Austria100.0%
...
118Maldives47.1%
119Bangladesh46.7%
120St Lucia46.0%
121Thailand44.8%
122Zambia44.3%
123El Salvador42.8%
124Namibia41.1%
125Syria41.0%
Asia Avg66.0%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling
Higher is better
54
Pos.2021
Years54
1Australia21.1
2New Zealand20.3
3Greece20.0
...
38Poland16.0
39Austria16.0
40Estonia15.9
41Thailand15.9
42France15.8
43Palau15.8
44Russia15.8
45Kazakhstan15.8
Asia Avg13.5
World Avg13.5
q=193.
Intellectual Endeavours
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Ukraine1
2Czechia2
3Hungary3
...
104Swaziland104
105Albania105
106Madagascar106
107Thailand107
108Yemen108
109Brazil109
110Nicaragua110
111Togo111
Asia Avg97.1
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Maths, Science & Reading
Higher is better
55
Pos.2015
Score55
1Singapore1655
2Hong Kong1598
3Japan1586
...
54=Costa Rica1247
54=Mexico1247
56Albania1245
57=Thailand1245
58Colombia1231
59Qatar1222
60Georgia1216
61Jordan1197
Asia Avg1398
World Avg1389
q=70.
IQ
Higher is better56
Pos.200656
1=Hong Kong108
1=Singapore108
3S. Korea106
...
49=Malaysia92
49=Greece92
51Brunei91
52=Thailand91
52=Lithuania91
52=Cambodia91
55Albania90
56=Croatia90
Asia Avg90.4
World Avg85.6
q=138.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users
Higher is better
57
Pos.201657
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
113Philippines44%
114Jamaica43%
115Ecuador43%
116Thailand43%
117=Mauritius43%
117=Cape Verde43%
119Suriname42%
120Bolivia41%
Asia Avg48.7%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
Freedom On The Internet
Lower is better
58
Pos.201258
1Estonia10
2USA12
3Germany15
...
32Sri Lanka55
33Kazakhstan58
34Egypt59
35Thailand61
36Pakistan63
37Belarus69
38=Bahrain71
38=Saudi Arabia71
Asia Avg56.6
World Avg46.7
q=47.
IPv6 Uptake
Higher is better
59
Pos.2017
Ratio59
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
35Singapore4.0
36Sweden3.8
37Poland3.6
38Thailand3.3
39Denmark3.1
40Bosnia & Herzegovina3.1
41Sri Lanka2.9
42Latvia2.2
Asia Avg2.11
World Avg3.82
q=176.

8. National Culture

#charity #corruption #happiness #morals #politics

The region of south-east Asia hosts some of the kindest people in the world. Myanmar and Thailand often top the World Giving Index60, which the Charities Aid Foundation attributes to the teachings and values of Theravada Buddhism60. Likewise, in Indonesia, giving is strongly encouraged by the Islamic doctrine of zakat, causing that country to give to charity at three times the global average rate.

World Giving Index
Higher is better
61
Pos.2022
%61
1Indonesia68.0
2Kenya61.0
3USA59.0
...
11=Ireland49.0
12Czechia48.0
13=Nigeria48.0
13=Thailand48.0
15Guinea47.0
16=UK47.0
16=Brazil47.0
16=UAE47.0
Asia Avg37.9
World Avg39.6
q=125.
Corruption
Higher is better
62
Pos.2022
Points62
1Denmark90.0
2=Finland87.0
2=New Zealand87.0
...
106Albania36.0
107=Ecuador36.0
107=Kazakhstan36.0
107=Thailand36.0
110Gambia34.0
111=Sierra Leone34.0
111=Malawi34.0
111=Indonesia34.0
Asia Avg39.98
World Avg42.98
q=180.
Happiness
Higher is better
63
Pos.2018
Score63
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
43Bahrain6.1
44Uzbekistan6.1
45Kuwait6.1
46Thailand6.1
47Italy6.0
48Ecuador6.0
49Belize6.0
50Lithuania6.0
Asia Avg5.29
World Avg5.38
q=156.
Creativity & Culture
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Belgium1
2Netherlands2
3Estonia3
...
51Chile51
52Bahamas52
53UAE53
54Thailand54
55Macedonia55
56Mauritania56
57India57
58Philippines58
Asia Avg99.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Open Trading, Aid & Development
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Ireland1
2Denmark2
3Sweden3
...
106Bolivia106
107Ghana107
108Mexico108
109Thailand109
110Ecuador110
111Malawi111
112Laos112
113China113
Asia Avg86.3
World Avg82.0
q=163.

9. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #human_development #peace #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Global Peace Index
Lower is better
64
Pos.2023
Score64
1Iceland1.12
2Denmark1.31
3Ireland1.31
...
89=Rwanda2.05
90Ivory Coast2.05
91Tanzania2.06
92Thailand2.06
93Gabon2.07
94Georgia2.07
95Algeria2.09
96=Papua New Guinea2.10
Asia Avg2.17
World Avg2.07
q=163.
Peacekeeping & Security
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Samoa1
2S. Africa2
3Tunisia3
...
18Japan18
19Chile19
20Kazakhstan20
21Thailand21
22Algeria22
23Guatemala23
24Ecuador24
25Madagascar25
Asia Avg76.0
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Refugees & UN Treaties
Lower is better
34
Pos.2017
Rank34
1Austria1
2Germany2
3Netherlands3
...
20Luxembourg20
21Ireland21
22Costa Rica22
23Thailand23
24Poland24
25S. Africa25
26Chile26
27Panama27
Asia Avg92.2
World Avg82.0
q=163.
Impact of Terrorism
Lower is better
65
Pos.2019
Score65
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
130Kenya5.76
131Sudan5.81
132Colombia5.91
133Thailand6.03
134S. Sudan6.32
135Turkey6.53
136Cameroon6.62
137Central African Rep.6.62
Asia Avg3.60
World Avg2.78
q=150.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #poverty #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy
Lower is better66
Pos.201966
1Iceland2.40
2=Singapore2.50
2=Hong Kong2.50
...
63Kazakhstan7.70
64=Macedonia7.90
64=Uruguay7.90
64=Thailand7.90
64=Georgia7.90
64=China7.90
69Argentina8.60
70=Barbados8.70
Asia Avg11.80
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient)
Lower is better67
Pos.2017
%67
1Ukraine25.0
2=Belarus25.4
2=Slovenia25.4
...
69Greece36.0
70Spain36.2
71Laos36.4
72Thailand36.5
73=Fiji36.7
73=Yemen36.7
75Solomon Islands37.1
76=Lithuania37.4
Asia Avg35.2
World Avg38.1
q=152.
Multidimensional Poverty
Lower is better68
Pos.2018
Severity68
1Armenia.001
2Ukraine.001
3Serbia.001
...
8Trinidad & Tobago.002
9Maldives.003
10Albania.003
11Thailand.003
12Moldova.004
13Palestine.004
14Tunisia.005
15St Lucia.007
Asia Avg.084
World Avg.154
q=101.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#belief #buddhism #christianity #god #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion

Disbelief In God (2007)69
Pos.Higher is better
%69
1Vietnam81
2Japan65
3Sweden64
...
92=Botswana0
92=Syria0
92=Sierra Leone0
92=Thailand0
92=Togo0
92=Benin0
92=Tunisia0
92=Uganda0
92=Bangladesh0
92=UAE0
92=Azerbaijan0
92=Algeria0
92=Yemen0
92=Zambia0
92=Tanzania0
92=Malaysia0
World Avg9.9
q=137.

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 below70:

Christian0.9%
Muslim5.5%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist93.2%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jewish0.1%
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)71.

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