IndexMundi Home
Flag of Laos

Laos

Factbook > Countries

Introduction

Geography

Demographics

Government

Economy

Energy

Telecommunications

Transportation

Military

Transnational Issues

Environment

Health

Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ (Lao)
  • Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
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 64.7%
None 31.4%
Christianity 1.7%
Other 2.1%
DemonymLaotian
Lao
GovernmentUnitaryMarxist–Leninistone-partysocialistrepublic
Bounnhang Vorachith
Thongloun Sisoulith
Phankham Viphavanh
Pany Yathotou
LegislatureNational Assembly
Formation
1354–1707
1707–1778
• Vassal of Thonburi and Siam
1778–1893
1826–8
1893–1949
• Independence from France
19 July 1949
• Declared Independence
22 October 1953
9 November 1953 – 2 December 1975
• Lao Monarchy abolished
2 December 1975
14 August 1991
23 July 1997
Area
• Total
237,955 km2 (91,875 sq mi) (84th)
• Water (%)
2
Population
• 2014 (Jul) estimate
6,803,699[2] (104th)
• 2015 census
6,492,228[3]
• Density
26.7/km2 (69.2/sq mi) (177th)
GDP (PPP)2017 estimate
• Total
$44.639 billion[4]
• Per capita
$6,115[4]
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Total
$14.971 billion[4]
• Per capita
$2,051[4]
Gini (2008)36.7[5]
medium
HDI (2015)Increase 0.586[6]
medium · 138th
CurrencyKip (LAK)
Time zoneICT
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Drives on theright
Calling code+856
ISO 3166 codeLA
Internet TLD.la

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 9, 2017


Home | About | Search | Site Map | Blog | Discussion Forums