Facts and stats about Laos

6.7 million

Population. Ranked 102nd in 2013.


GDP per capita. Ranked 138th in 2012.


Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km, Vietnam 2,130 km
Largest city Vientiane - 442,000
Capital city Vientiane - 442,000
Major language Lao, French (for diplomatic purposes)
Major religion Buddhism
Monetary unit kip
Alternative names Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao, lao people's dem. rep., Lao People's Democratic Republic, lao people's dem., Lao People's Dem. Rep., lao people's dem rep., lao people’s democratic republic, Lao PDR, Laos
Groups East Asia and Pacific, Former French colonies, Hot countries, Landlocked countries, World

Laos Map

230,800 sq km

Sq. km. Ranked 77th in 2008.


In response to -
David - Laos is rich in timber, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones. It has an unusually rich biodiversity and rich forest resources, which are being depleted because of commercial exploitation and hydro-electric projects. With its environment under threat, Laos is seeking to protect its 68 threatened species, including 30 mammals. Also see: http://www.country-studies.com/laos/natural-resources.html

WilliamHayman - Viangchan (Vientaine) is the largest city in Laos in terms of population, followed by Savvanakhet.

Mr Chansavang Sihalath - see: http://www.citypopulation.de/Laos.html#Stadt_gross.

Posted on 24 May 2005

Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

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