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Overview of Laos


Officially name: The Lao People's Democratic Republic

Capital: Vientiane

Largest city: Vientiane

Official language: Lao

Government: Socialist republic, Communist single-party state


Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west.


Total 236,800 km2 (83rd)
Water (%) 2


2009 estimate 6.8 million (101st)
Density 26.7/km2 (177th)
69.1/sq mi

Currency: Kip (LAK)

Time zone


Drives on the right

Internet TLD: .la

Calling code: 856