6 Facts About Thailand

1. The official calendar in Thailand is based on the Eastern version of the Buddhist Era, which is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian (Western) calendar.

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2. In 2014, Credit Suisse reported that Thailand was the world's third most unequal country, behind Russia and India.

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3. In 2016, Thailand was ranked 87th in Human Development Index, and 70th in the inequality-adjusted HDI.

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4. In 2011, Thailand's known military expenditure totalled approximately US$5.1 billion.

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5. In recent years, Thailand has taken an increasingly active role on the international stage.

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6. In 1954, Thailand signed Southeast Asia Treaty Organization to became an active ally of the United States.

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