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Laos

Flag: Laos
Geography
 
Location:West of Vietnam, northeast of Thailand
Area:Total: 236,800 sq km Land: 230,800 sq km Water: 6,000 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 5,083 km It has borders with Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km and Vietnam 2,130 km
Map: Laos
Climate:Tropical monsoon. Rainy season (May to November). Dry season (December to April)
People
 
Population:6,521,998 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 41.2% (male 1,349,352/female 1,338,252) 15-64 years: 55.7% (male 1,795,029/female 1,835,168) 65 years and over: 3.1% (male 90,188/female 114,009) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Lao Loum (lowland) 68%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong and the Yao 9%, ethnic Vietnamese/Chinese 1%
Religions:Buddhist 65%, animist 32.9%, Christian 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.8% (1995 census)
Languages:Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages
Government
 
Government type:Communist state
Capital:Vientiane
Independence:19 July 1949 (from France)
Legal system:Based on traditional customs, French legal norms and procedures, and socialist practice
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$13.74 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$2,200 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 42.7% industry: 31% services: 26.2% (2006 est.)
Industries:Copper, tin, and gypsum mining; timber, electric power, agricultural processing, construction, garments, tourism, cement
Currency (code):Kip (LAK)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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