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Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ  (Lao)
  • Saþalanalat Paxaþipatai Paxaxōn Lao(Romanisation)
  • République démocratique populaire lao  (French)
Motto: "ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນະຖາວອນ"
"Santiphab ekalad pasaþipatai ekaphāb vadþa na þauaōn" (Lao romanisation)
"Paix, indépendance, démocratie, unité et prospérité"
(English: "Peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity")
Anthem: "Pheng Xat Lao"
(English: "Lao National Anthem")
Location Laos ASEAN.svg
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
Recognised languagesFrench[1]
Spoken languages
Ethnic groups
(2005[2])
Religion
Buddhism 64.7%
Tai folk religion 31.4%
Christianity 1.7%
Islam 0.8%
Other 1.3%
Demonym(s)Lao
Laotian
GovernmentUnitaryMarxist–Leninistone-partysocialistrepublic
Bounnhang Vorachith
Phankham Viphavanh
Thongloun Sisoulith
Pany Yathotou
LegislatureNational Assembly
Formation
1354–1707
• Kingdoms of Luang Phrabang, Vientiane & Champasak
1707-1778
• Vassals of Siam
1778–1893
1893–1953
11 May 1947
22 October 1953
2 December 1975
14 August 1991
• Joined ASEAN
23 July 1997
Area
• Total
237,955 km2 (91,875 sq mi) (82nd)
• Water (%)
2
Population
• Estimate
7,061,507[3][4] (103rd)
• 2015 census
7,096,376 6,492,228[5]
• Density
26.7/km2 (69.2/sq mi) (151st)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$58.329 billion[6]
• Per capita
$8,458[6]
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$20.153 billion[6]
• Per capita
$2,913[6]
Gini (2012)36.4[7]
medium
HDI (2017)Increase 0.601[8]
medium · 139th
CurrencyKip (₭) (LAK)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+856
ISO 3166 codeLA
Internet TLD.la

Source: CIA World Factbook
This page was last updated on December 7, 2019


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