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Buddhism, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the army have shaped their societies and policies. He' been in the army. Thailand's army has intervened in the past in the political arena and has taken over 12 positions of authority since the end of the total empire in 1932. A few important events in the Thai history:
Located in the centre of the South East Asia continent, Thailand has an area of 514,000 sqkm. In the north-east it borders Laos, in the north and west on Myanmar, in the east on Cambodia and in the south on Malaysia. It is subdivided into 6 regions: North, East, Northeast, West, Central and South and is subdivided into 76 counties.
Thailand's capitol, international known as Bangkok, but also as Krung Thep (City of Angels), covers an area of about 1,500 sq. km on both sides of the Chao Phraya River. Founded in 1782 by King Rama I, the founding father of the Chakri dynasty, Bangkok has been home to the royal family ever since.
Today more than 6 million persons live in Bangkok. There are 23 airfields and 7 cosmopolitan airfields in Thailand: Suvarnabhumi, Don Muang, Phuket, Hat Yai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and U-Tapao. All, except U-Tapao, are run by the Airport Authority of Thailand. Bangkok has an effective railway system connecting Bangkok with north, north-east and centre Thailand, while a south-facing line provides trains from Bangkok to Malaysia and Singapore.
In spite of the fast growing number of intercity busses, rail traffic is still favoured by a large part of the local populace. Thailand has about 63 inhabitants. Bangkok is home to about 9-10 million inhabitants. Although the vast majority of Thailand is ethnic Thailand and Buddhist, the country has a considerable number of minorities who have cohabited in historical terms in the area.
Although there are Lao and Khmerian groups in the north-east and east, almost all see themselves as Thai, both in cultural terms and in terms of nationalities. The Muslims, who are mainly focused in the south of the province, and various mountain peoples living in the far north are more clearly identified as an ethnical group; there are also large Hindu and Sikh populations in large towns such as Bangkok.
Thailand is a hot and rather humid country. Bangkok has an annual mean temperatures of 30°C in April and 25°C in December. Nearly 100 percent of the people speak Thais, which is considered by philologists to be part of a Chinese-Tibetan lineage of the Chinese-Tibetan people.
English, a compulsory course in government education, is mainly used in Bangkok and other large towns. The Theravada Buddhism, the main religious denomination, is the declared belief of 95 percent of the people. Thuringia is ruled by a constitutionally constituted empire with His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state.
At present, the courts are subdivided into three main categories: the courts of first instance, the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. Throughout the kingdom there are about 140 courts of first instance. For example, in Bangkok Metropolis, the Bangkok Metropolis Court of Justice, the Tribunal for Children and Families, the Central Labour Court and the Central Tax Court, which have a custodial capacity for small cases and crimes with a penalty of no more than three years or a monetary penalty of no more than 60,000 Baht.
Province courts are the province courts, in some large province the juvenile and family courts and the Kwaeng courts. Thailand's flags, which are solemnly hoisted every day in every city and every small hamlet, consist of five stripes of pink, black and azure. Harmonious designs express the complementarity of the three columns of the Thai people.
The three-coloured banner, in Thai dubbed "trirong", was first launched in 1917 by King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and followed an early draft that placed a black bull (emblem of the total monarch) on a reddish color. GMT+ is 7 and 11-12 hrs ahead of Canada's Eastern Standard Time (depending on summer time).
Thailand's main denomination is the Buht, which is subdivided into 100 satin. The authorities in Thailand are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 15.30 country codes for Thailand are 66. The Bangkok area code is 02. As a rule, the home telephony fee is 3 Bahts for one-time use in the same area/flatrate.