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Culture of Thailand

People in Thailand speak the Thai language. The linguistic diversity of Thailand is rather diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Thailand is 0.6344. The followers of Buddhism are the religious majority in the country. 34.1% of Thailand's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Thailand. The rate of urbanization in Thailand is considered to be 1.7. According to data on inbound tourists in Thailand, 26,547,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.

National anthem

The national anthem of Thailand is called 'Phleng Chat', which in English means 'National Song'. It was adopted in 1939. The lyrics have been written by Luang Saranupraphan and the music has been composed by Peter Feit.

Fast food

The first McDonalds in Thailand was opened on 23 February 1985, and it was located in Bangkok. At the moment Thailand has 202 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 9% of the population of Thailand are obese.

Alcohol consumption

Each year, the people of Thailand consume 0.7 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 27% beer, 0.4% wine, 72.6% distilled spirits, 0% other alcohol.

National dish

One of the most popular national dishes of Thailand is pad thai. Other national dishes include tom yum goong.