Thailand occupies the western half of the Indochinese peninsula and the northern two-thirds of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Thailand has a free-enterprise economy and welcomes foreign investment. Exports feature textiles and footwear, fishery products, rice, rubber, jewelry, automobiles, computers and electrical appliances. Thailand, like other Asian countries, has been influenced by contact with foreign cultures.

Area: 517,000 sq km
Population: 62 million
Capital: Bangkok
People: 75% Thai, 11% Chinese, 3.5% Malay; also Mon, Khmer, Phuan and Karen minorities
Language: Thai
Religion: 95% Buddhism, 4% Muslim
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
GDP: US$166 billion
Major Industries: Computers, garments, integrated circuits, gems, and jewelry
Major Trading Partners: ASEAN, USA, and the European Union

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