Sierra Leone | Antigua and Barbuda | Germany | Taiwan |
|Laos - Population:
||Laos - Total Area
||236,800 sq km
|- 0-14 years
||230,800 sq km
|- 15-64 years
||6,000 sq km
|Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked socialist republic communist state in southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century. After a period as a French colony, it gained independence in 1945. A long civil war ended when the communist Pathet Lao came to power in 1975.
Private enterprise has increased since the mid-1980s, but development has been hampered by poor communications in the heavily forested and mountainous landscape. Most of the population of around 6 million practice subsistence agriculture. The country's ethnic make-up is extremely diverse, with only around 60% belonging to the largest ethnic group, the Lao.
|| Map of Laos
|Capital city: Vientiane
Laos Lyrics of National Anthem:
This page was modified on:
Thursday, October 6, 2011 14:26