flag Laos Laos: Introduction

Capital: Vientiane


Total Population: 7,275,556
Natural Increase: 1.5%
Density: 32 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 36.3%
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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National Currency: Lao Kip (LAK)

Country Overview

Area: 236,800 km²
Type of State: People's Democratic Republic. Communist. Democratically elected.
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.


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 20162017201820192020
Imports of Goods (million USD) 4,7205,6676,3156,2725,370
Exports of Goods (million USD) 3,0204,8735,4085,8066,115
Imports of Services (million USD) n/a1,1401,2421,241444
Exports of Services (million USD) n/a8789851,178346

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest Available Data


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