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Thailand is a middle-income country that has seen remarkable progress in human development in the last twenty years. Thailand now has a Human Development Rating of 0.768 . It will achieve most if not all of the global Millennium Development Goals well in advance of 2015. Thailand has reduced poverty from 27% in 1990 to 9.8% in 2002, and the proportion of underweight children has fallen by nearly half. Most children are in school; universal primary school enrolment is likely to be achieved within a few years. Malaria is no longer a problem in most of the country. Annual new HIV infections have been reduced by more than 80% since 1991, the peak of the epidemic. Strides are being made toward gender equality.

Thailand: Facts at a glance
Head of state: His Majesty the
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Prime minister: Yingluck Shinawatra
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Surapong Towijakchaikul
Minister of Interior: Yongyuth Wichaidit
Minister of Finance: Kittirat na Ranong
Population: 63.87 million (31 December 2010)
Capital: Bangkok
Area: 513,115 sq km
(198,115 sq miles)
Major language: Thai
Major religion: Buddhism
Life expectancy:

72.94 years (men)
77.21 years (women)2

Monetary unit:

1 baht = 0.0317 USD.
1 USD = 31.543 Baht.

(rates as of 20 January 2012)

Main exports:

Food, agricultural commodities, live animals, office equipment, textiles, rubber

GNI per capita: US $3,400 (World Bank, 2007)
GDP per capita (PPP US$ 2002): $8,135 1
Poverty (national poverty line): 13.6 % 3
Human development index rank: 87 1
Adult literacy: 94.1 % 1

1 UNDP Human Development Report 2009
2 CIA The World Fact Book, 2010
3 Thailand MDG report 2009.