Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thailand Facts #12

“We can have facts without thinking but we cannot have thinking without facts”.
John Dewey

• King Ramkhamhaeng, who ruled at the end of the thirteenth century, created the first Thai alphabet.

• The top three killers of Thais are aging, heart disease and cancer.
(National Statistics Office)

• Ninety-eight per cent of Thai children enter primary school and 80% secondary school.
(National Statistics Office)

• There are about 20,000 alcohol related deaths in Thailand each year.
(Public Health Ministry)

• Oil consumption has dropped for three consecutive years, from 2.3% in 2005 and 2006 to 1.6% in 2007.
(Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO)

• Thailand’s population growth rate is 0.663%.
(CIA World Fact Book 2007 est)

• A typical rambutan tree can yield around 5,000 pieces of fruit.

• Approximately 49% of Thailand’s labour force is engaged in agriculture. Agriculture contributes 10.7% of the country’s GDP.
(CIA World Fact Book)

• 10.4% of Thai people are considered to be living below the poverty line.
(National Statistical Office and Bank of Thailand)

• Baiyoke Tower 2 in Bangkok at 997 feet is Thailand’s tallest building.