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Lao People’s Democratic Republic

  • ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ
  • Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
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Motto: ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນາຖາວອນ
“Peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity”
Anthem: Pheng Xat Lao
Lao National Anthem

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Location of Laos (dark green) in ASEAN (light green) and Asia
Location of Laos (dark green) in ASEAN (light green) and Asia
Capital
and largest city
Vientiane
17°58′N 102°36′E
Official languages Lao
Recognised national languages French
Spoken languages
Ethnic groups (2005[1])
Religion Buddhism
Demonym Laotian
Lao
Government Single-party socialist state
 – President Choummaly Sayasone
 – Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
 – President of the
National Assembly
Pany Yathotou
 – President of
Construction
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Legislature National Assembly
Formation
 – Kingdom of Lan Xang 1354–1707
 – Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Champasak 1707–1778
 – Vassal of Thonburi and Siam 1778–893
 – War of Succession 1826–8
 – French Indochina 1893–1949
 – Independence from France 19 July 1949
 – Declared Independence 22 October 1953
Area
 – Total 236,800 km2 (84th)
91,428.991 sq mi
 – Water (%) 2
Population
 – 2013 estimate 6,695,166[2] (104th)
 – 1995 census 4,574,848
 – Density 26.7/km2 (177th)
69.2/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2013 estimate
 – Total $20.78 billion[3]
 – Per capita $3,100[3]
GDP (nominal) 2013 estimate
 – Total $11.14 billion[3]
 – Per capita $1,646[3]
Gini (2008) 36.7[4]
medium
HDI (2013) Steady 0.569[5]
medium · 139th
Currency Kip (LAK)
Time zone (UTC+7)
Drives on the right
Calling code +856
ISO 3166 code LA
Internet TLD .la

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos