Let’s leap across the world to this week to Thailand, a populous nation of stunning temples, beautiful beaches and fabulous food, whose capital city has not only been immortalized by a fascinatingly awkward ‘80s rap, but also by the world’s most cumbersome name. When working in, let’s’ just call it Bangkok, or surrounding environs, keep cool, keep smiling, and the world will be your oyster.
We’re at the 7th stop on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
Get ready to reveal your age and your salary…
…and focus on saving face and seniority
Fast Culture Facts for Thailand
- 69 million – with a moderate population density of 132 people per square kilometer. Its capital city, Bangkok, has a population of 9 million, slightly higher than New York City’s.
- 36 million– with a labor force participation rate of 67 percent—higher than the USA’s. Women make up about 45 percent of the workforce.
- Thailand’s GDP was 504 billion in 2018, making it Asia’s 8th largest economy. Exports account for 65 percent of GDP—chief among those exports are electronics, vehicles, machinery and food items. Thailand is an economic success story, moving from a low income nation to an upper-income nation in less than a generation.
- Women make up 40 percent of the nation’s CEOs (in the USA, just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women). Although wage gap data is difficult to come by, Thailand has some laws requiring wage equality, although there have been disputes over setting retirement ages for women differently. Thailand has laws barring employment and housing discrimination against LGBTQ people, although the nation still bans gender transformation.
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