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Laos

Official English Name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Official Local Name(s): ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ

Common English Name: Laos

Capital: Vientiane

REGION
Southeastern Asia
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Thailand (West)
Vietnam (East)
China (Northeast)
Myanmar (Northwest)
Cambodia (South)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
None (Landlocked)
TOTAL AREA
236,800 km2 (97.5% land, 2.5% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
5,083 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
0 km (Landlocked)
CLIMATE
Tropical monsoon
TERRAIN
Mostly rugged and mountainous
Some plains
Plateaus
HIGHEST POINT
Phu Bia (2,817 m)
LOWEST POINT
Mekong Rvier (70 m)
NATURAL RESOURCES
Timber
Hydropower
Gypsum
Tin
Gold
Gemstones
NATURAL DISASTERS
Flooding
Droughts
DEMONYM
Lao
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Lao (53.2%)
Khmou (11.0%)
Hmong (9.2%)
Phouthay (3.4%)
Tai (3.1%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
Lao
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
French
English
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Buddhist (64.7%)
Atheist (31.4%)
Christian (1.7%)
POPULATION
7,019,073
LARGEST CITY
Vientiane (639,600)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Savannakhét (125,700)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Communist state
HEAD OF STATE
President Bounnhang Vorachith
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
16 Provinces
1 Capital city
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
19 July 1949 (from France)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Elephant
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Pheng Xat Lao
GDP PER CAPITA
$5,400 (USD)
CURRENCY
₭ (Kip)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = ₭8144.32
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.la
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+856

Lao people practice the Buddhist concept of muan, which emphasizes that actions should not be taken too quickly or too seriously, aiming to keep people content and free of unnecessary worry.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/la.html (Majority of information)

http://www.lsb.gov.la/PDF/PHC-ENG-FNAL-WEB.pdf (Ethnic, religious, and city population data)

Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 11 November 2016