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Laos General Info
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Area

 236,800 sq kilometres (91,400 sq miles).

Population

5,240,000 (2000).

Population Density

22.1 per sq kilometre (1999).

Capital

Vientiane.

Population

531,800 (1995).

Geography

Laos is landlocked and shares the borders in the norh with China, in the east with Vietnam, in the south with Cambodia and in the west with Thailand and Myanmar. Aside from the Mekong River plains, on the border of Thailand, the country is mountainous, especially in the north, and in some places, it is densely forested.

Government

People’s Republic since 1975. Achieved independence from France in 1953.

Head of State : Khamtai Siphandon since 1998.

Head of Government : Prime Minister Boungnang Vorachith since 2001.

Language

The main and official language is Lao; however many tribal languages are also spoken. Vietnamese French, and some English are also spoken.

Religion

The Laos-Lum (Valley Laos) people practice the Hinayana (Theravada) form of Buddhism. The religions of the Laos-Theung (Laos of the mountain tops) include traditional Confucianism to Animism and Christianity.

Time

GMT + 7

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz.
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