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Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ
  • Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
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Motto: ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນາຖາວອນ
"Peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity"
Anthem: Pheng Xat Lao
Lao National Anthem
Location of  Laos  (green)in ASEAN  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]
Location of  Laos  (green)

in ASEAN  (dark grey)  –  [Legend]

Capital
and largest city
Vientiane
17°58′N102°36′E / 17.967°N 102.600°E / 17.967; 102.600
Official languagesLao
Spoken languages
Ethnic groups (2005[1])
ReligionBuddhism
DemonymLaotian
Lao
GovernmentUnitaryMarxist–Leninistone-party state
 • General SecretaryBounnhang Vorachith
 • PresidentBounnhang Vorachith
 • Prime MinisterThongloun Sisoulith
 • Vice PresidentPhankham Viphavanh
LegislatureNational Assembly
Formation
 • Kingdom of Lan Xang1354–1707 
 • Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Champasak1707–1778 
 • Vassal of Thonburi and Siam1778–1893 
 • War of Succession1826–8 
 • French Indochina1893–1949 
 • Independence from France19 July 1949 
 • Declared Independence22 October 1953 
 • Laotian civil war9 November 1953 – 2 December 1975 
 • Lao Monarchy abolished2 December 1975 
Area
 • Total236,800 km2 (84th)
91,428.991 sq mi
 • Water (%)2
Population
 • 2014 (Jul) estimate6,803,699[2] (104th)
 • 2005 census5,621,000[3]
 • Density26.7/km2 (177th)
69.2/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2014 estimate
 • TotalUS$34.400 billion[4]
 • Per capitaUS$4,986[4]
GDP (nominal)2014 estimate
 • TotalUS$11.676 billion[4]
 • Per capitaUS$1,692[4]
Gini (2008)36.7[5]
medium
HDI (2014)Increase 0.575[6]
medium ·141st
CurrencyKip (LAK)
Time zoneICT
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on theright
Calling code+856
ISO 3166 codeLA
Internet TLD.la
a.Including over 100 smaller ethnic groups.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of October 9, 2016


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