Laos's flagLocation: Southeast Asia
Official name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1953 / 1953
Capital city: Vientiane
Population: 6.4 million / 72 people per sq mile (28 people per sq km)
Total land area: 91,428 square miles (236,800 square km)
Language(s) spoken: Lao (official language), Mon-Khmer, Yao, Vietnamese, Chinese, French
Main religions: Buddhist 65%, Other (including animist) 34%, Christian 1%
Ethnic mix: Lao Loum 66%, Lao Theung 30%, Other 2%, Lao Soung 2%
Government type: One-party state
Currency: New kip = 100 at
Literacy rate: 73%
Calorie consumption (daily per person): 2227 kilocalories

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