Introduction

flag Laos Laos: Introduction

Capital: Vientiane

Population

Total Population: 7,529,475
Natural Increase: 1.4%
Density: 32 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 37.6%
Ethnic Origins: The Lao make up about 53% of the population, with the Khmu, Hmong, Vietnamese/ethnic Chinese and over 100 other ethnic groups making up around 47% of the population. (Lao Statistics Bureau)
Official Language: Lao
Other Languages Spoken: French, English, and various ethnic languages
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Buddhist 65%, Animist 32.9%, Christian 1.3%, Others and unspecified 0.8%.
Literacy Rate: 68.7%

Local Time:

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Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Lao Kip (LAK)

Country Overview

Area: 236,800 km²
Type of State: One-party parliamentary socialist republic.
Type of Economy: Low-income economy.
Dynamic foreign trade; The country depends on international aid.
HDI*: 0.575/1
HDI (World Rank): 141/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.

Telecommunication

Telephone Code:
To call from Laos, dial 00
To call Laos, dial +856
Internet Suffix: .la
Telephone Lines: 1.8 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 10.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 70% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

 
Foreign Trade Indicators 20192020202120222023
Imports of Goods (million USD) 6,2725,3706,2757,2447,711
Exports of Goods (million USD) 5,8066,1157,6958,1988,371
Imports of Services (million USD) 1,2464452525281,099
Exports of Services (million USD) 1,1793461254061,770

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.

 

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