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Thailand

Geography:Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. Its neighbors are Burma (Myanmar) on the north and west, Laos on the north and northeast, Cambodia on the east, and Malaysia on the south. Thailand is about the size of France.

Government: Constitutional monarchy.

History: The Thais first began settling their present homeland in the 6th century, and by the end of the 13th century ruled most of the western portion. During the next 400 years, they fought sporadically with the Cambodians to the east and the Burmese to the west. Formerly called Siam, Thailand has never experienced foreign colonization. The British gained a colonial foothold in the region in 1824, but by 1896 an Anglo-French accord guaranteed the independence of Thailand. A coup in 1932 demoted the monarchy to titular status and established representative government with universal suffrage. At the outbreak of World War II, Japanese forces attacked Thailand. After five hours of token resistance Thailand yielded to Japan on Dec. 8, 1941, subsequently becoming a staging area for the Japanese campaign against Malaya. Following the demise of a pro-Japanese puppet government in July 1944, Thailand repudiated the declaration of war it had been forced to make in 1942 against Britain and the U.S. By the late 1960s the nation's problems largely stemmed from conflicts brewing in neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam. Although Thailand had received $2 billion in U.S. economic and military aid since 1950 and had sent troops (paid by the U.S.) to Vietnam while permitting U.S. bomber bases on its territory, the collapse of South Vietnam and Cambodia in spring 1975 brought rapid changes in the country's diplomatic posture. At the Thai government's insistence, the U.S. agreed to withdraw all 23,000 U.S. military personnel remaining in Thailand by March 1976.

Capital : Bangkok,Languages: Thai (official) 90.7%, Burmese 1.3%, Other 8%, English (secondary language of the elite) (2010 est.) Ethnicity/race: Thai 95.9%, Burmese 2%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.9% (2010 est.) Religions: Buddhist (official) 93.6%, Muslim 4.9%, Christian 1.2%, other 0.2%, none 0.1% (2010 est.) Literacy rate: 93.5% (2005 est.) Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $673 billion; per capita $9,900. Real growth rate: 2.9%. Inflation:2.2%. Unemployment: 0.7%. Arable land: 30.71%. Agriculture: rice, cassava (manioc, tapioca), rubber, corn, sugarcane, coconuts, soybeans. Labor force: 39.38 million (2013 est.); agriculture 38.2%, industry 13.6%, services 48.2% (2011 est.). Industries: tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement, light manufacturing such as jewelry and electric appliances, computers and parts, integrated circuits, furniture, plastics, automobiles and automotive parts; world's second-largest tungsten producer and third-largest tin producer.Natural resources: tin, rubber, natural gas, tungsten, tantalum, timber, lead, fish, gypsum, lignite, fluorite, arable land. Exports: $225.4 billion (2013 est.): electronics, computer parts, automobiles and parts, electrical appliances, machinery and equipment, textiles and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber. Imports: $219 billion (2013 est.): capital goods, intermediate goods and raw materials, consumer goods, fuels. Major trading partners: U.S., Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Australia (2012). Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 6.391 million (2012); mobile cellular: 84.075 million (2012).Broadcast media: 6 terrestrial TV stations in Bangkok broadcast nationally via relay stations - 2 of the networks are owned by the military, the other 4 are government-owned or controlled, leased to private enterprise, and are all required to broadcast government-produced news programs twice a day; multi-channel satellite and cable TV subscription services are available; radio frequencies have been allotted for more than 500 government and commercial radio stations; many small community radio stations operate with low-power transmitters (2008).Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3.399 million (2012). Internet users: 17.483 million (2009). Transportation: Railways: total: 4,071 km (2008). Highways: total: 180,053 km (2006 est.). Waterways: 4,000 km principal waterways; 3,701 km with navigable depths of 0.9 m or more throughout the year; numerous minor waterways navigable by shallow-draft native craft (2011). Ports and harbors: Bangkok, Laem Chabang, Map Ta Phut, Prachuap Port, Si Racha. Airports: 101 (2013). International disputes: 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 boundary; in 2011 Thailand and Cambodia resorted to arms in the dispute over the location of the boundary on the precipice surmounted by Preah Vihear temple ruins, awarded to Cambodia by ICJ decision in 1962 and part of a planned UN World Heritage site; 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; 140,000 mostly Karen refugees fleeing civil strife, political upheaval and economic stagnation in Burma live in remote camps in Thailand near the border.

राजधानी: बैंकाक,

श्यामदेश (थाईलैण्ड) जिसका प्राचीन भारतीय नाम श्यामदेश है दक्षिण पूर्वी एशिया में एक देश है। इसकी पूर्वी सीमा पर लाओस और कम्बोडिया, दक्षिणी सीमा पर मलेशिया और पश्चिमी सीमा पर म्यानमार है। थाईलैण्ड को सियाम के नाम से भी जाना जाता है जो ११ मई, १९४९ तक थाईलैण्ड का अधिकृत नाम था। थाई शब्द का अर्थ थाई भाषा में आज़ाद होता है। यह शब्द थाई नागरिको के सन्दर्भ में भी इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। इस वजह से कुछ लोग विशेष रूप से यहाँ बसने वाले चीनी लोग, थाईलैंड को आज भी सियाम नाम से पुकारना पसन्द करते हैं। थाईलैण्ड की राजधानी बैंकाक है।

इतिहास

आज के थाई भू भाग में मानव पिछले कोई १०,००० वर्षों से रह रहें हैं। ख्मेर साम्राज्य के पतन के पहले यहाँ कई राज्य थे - ताई, मलय, ख्मेर इत्यादि। सन् १२३८ में सुखोथाई राज्य की स्थापना हुई जिसे पहला बौद्ध थाई (स्याम) राज्य माना जाता है। लगभग एक सदी बाद अयुध्या के राज्य ने सुखाथाई के उपर अपनी प्रभुता स्थापित कर ली। सन् १७६७ में अयुध्या के पतन (बर्मा द्वारा) के बाद थोम्बुरी राजधानी बनी। सन् १७८२ में बैंकॉक में चक्री राजवंश की स्थापना हुई जिसे आधुनिक थाईलैँड का आरंभ माना जाता है।

यूरोपीय शक्तियों के साथ हुई लड़ाई में स्याम को कुछ प्रदेश लौटाने पड़े जो आज बर्मा और मलेशिया के अंश हैं। द्वितीय विश्वयुद्ध में यह जापान का सहयोगी रहा और विश्वयुद्ध के बाद अमेरिका का। १९९२ में हुई सत्ता पलट में थाईलैंड एक नया संवैधानिक राजतंत्र घोषित कर दिया गया।

 

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