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Laos Overview

Posted by in on 5-17-13

Laos [1], officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. A mountainous and landlocked country, Laos shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north.
Capital      Vientiane
Government     Communist state
Currency     Kip (LAK)
Area     total: 236,800 km2
water: 6,000 km2
land: 230,800 km2
Population     6,695,166 (July 2013 est.)
Language     Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages
Religion     Buddhist 67%, animist and other 40% (including various Christian denominations 1.5%)
Electricity     220V/50Hz (European & US plugs)
Country code     +856
Internet TLD     .la
Time Zone     UTC +7

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