Thailand Population 2013
The current population of the Kingdom of Thailand is about 69.52 million people, which is an approximate 6.2% increase from the population taken in the 2010 census. Thailand’s population is more than its neighbor Malaysia, but less than its other neighbor Vietnam. Its population has been continuously increasing over the last half a century. Based on the total land area of the country and the population, the population density is about 351 people per square mile.
Thailand Population Projections
The population of the Kingdom of Thailand is expected to reach about 70.77 million people by the year 2015. This will show a growth rate of about 1.8% as the birth rate is at about 11.5 births per 1000 people and the death rate is at about 7.9 deaths per 1000 people. Over the next 5 years, the birth rate will decrease to about 10.5 births per 1000 people and the death rate will increase to about 8.4 deaths per 1000 people. Because of this, the population growth will slow down as it approaches 71.92 million people in the year 2020, a growth rate of about 3.5% from the current population. By 2025, the birth rate will continue to decrease as the death rates increase. The population will reach approximately 72.73 million people, which shows a 4.6% increase from the current population. However, by the year 2030, the birth rate will be about 9.8 and the death rate will be only slightly lower at 9.7. Because of this, the population will only reach 73.15 million people, which is an increase of only about 5.2% from the current population. Then in 2035, the death rate will exceed the birth rate as the population is expected to decrease to 73.099 million people, which is a 5.1% increase from the current population. The gap between the two rates will increase as the population continues to decrease by 2040 as it reaches 72.56 million people, an increase of about 4.4% from the current population.
The most recent evaluation of the demographics of the Kingdom of Thailand found that about 75% of the total population of the country is ethnic Thai. About 14% of the population is 14% Thai Chinese. The other 11% was either undefined or fell into a low populated ethnic group.
Religion in Thailand
The population Kingdom of Thailand predominantly practices Theravada Buddhism, which is the official religion of the country. About 95% of the population practices this religion. However, regardless of this high percentage of the one religion, religious tolerance and acceptance is widespread throughout the country. The next largest religion in the country is Islam, making up about 4% of the population. This portion of the population lives mainly near the Malaysian border.
Values in Thailand
Because such a high percentage of the population practices Buddhism, the religion plays a huge role in every day society. Because of this, there are three main values that come as a result of Buddhism: respect, self-control, and a non-confrontational attitude towards others. Showing anger towards others or telling lies are both very shameful acts in the country. Another important value is respect for elders and for those in high positions, including doctors and monks. Along with this, family is very important to society and those in Thailand. Extended families often live with each other as a part of the culture. Also, while the society is male dominant, women do have respect and equality. Lastly, one thing that is central to the Thai way of life is the concept of sanuk. This is a way of life that is about combining playfulness and a sense of humor. Essentially, enjoying life and enjoying each other’s company and humor is a large part of what makes the culture special.
Sports in Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand has two national sports: Muay Thai and Takraw. Muay Thai is a native form of kickboxing, incorporating kicks, elbows, hands, and knees. Takraw is a game that involves hitting a ball solely with the feet, knees, chest, and head. Sepak Tekraw is a game quite similar to volleyball, with the goal to get the ball over the net onto the ground of the opponent’s side.
Thailand’s Aging Population