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About Laos in detail
Where is Laos?
Laos, in case if you are looking on the map under the Coordinates 17 58 N 102 36 E otherwise in Southeast Asia, in Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam.
What is the capital of Laos?
The capital city of Laos is: Vientiane.
What is the time in Vientiane?
It is 12 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time, the timezone of Vientiane is: UTC+7.
What is the Internet code for Laos?
The Top Level Domain (TLD) for Laos is: .la
What is the size of Laos?
The territory of Laos is total: 236,800 sq km; land: 230,800 sq km, water: 6,000 sq km.
If we want to describe the size of the territory of Laos is slightly larger than Utah.
If we would like to walk around and discover Laos, we can do that by covering the distance of total: 5,274 km.
What is the water coverage of Laos?
We have mentioned already on this website, that what percentage of Laos is covered by water (see below), and this includes 0 km (landlocked country) coastline.
What is the climate like in Laos?
The climate of Laos is tropical monsoon: rainy season (May to November): dry season (December to April).
Geographical data of Laos
The elevation of Laos; mean elevation: 710 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Mekong River 70 m, highest point: Phu Bia 2,817 m.
The typical geographical details of Laos include mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus.
If we would like to describe the countries location from a different point of view, it is safe to say, and easy to read from a map, Laos is landlocked country; most of the country is mountainous and thickly forested; the Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand.
Resources and land use of Laos
The country’s main mined products are timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones. The population partly uses the earlier highlighted land territory and partly left in its natural state: agricultural land: 10.6%; arable land 6.2%; permanent crops 0.7%; permanent pasture 3.7%; forest: 67.9%; other: 21.5% (2011 estimate).
Population data of Laos
The number of inhabitants of Laos is 7,019,073 (July 2016 estimate).
If we examine the proportion of population distribution, it is safe to say that N/A.
If we are looking at the proportion of the urbanized and barely populated areas, these are the figures: urban population: 38.6% of total population (2015).
Most of the population in Laos is concentrated in VIENTIANE (capital) 997,000 (2015).
Ethnicity in Laos
According to ethnicity details, the ethnic groups in this country are the following: Lao 54.6%, Khmou 10.9%, Hmong 8%, Tai 3.8%, Phuthai 3.3%, Lue 2.2%, Katang 2.1%, Makong 2.1%, Akha 1.6%, other 10.4%, unspecified 1% (2005 estimate).
Spoken languages in Laos
The spoken languages in Laos are the following: Lao (official language), French, English, various ethnic languages.
What are the most important religions in Laos?
During the general census, researchers examine the churches, according to this: Buddhist 66.8%, Christian 1.5%, other 31%, unspecified 0.7% (2005 estimate).
Further population data of Laos
The proportion of gender and age tells a lot about the society as follows 0-14 years: 33.4% (male 1,184,344 / female 1,159,731) 15-24 years: 21.29% (male 742,073 / female 751,983) 25-54 years: 36.1% (male 1,250,108 / female 1,283,834) 55-64 years: 5.36% (male 184,183 / female 192,298) 65 years and over: 3.85% (male 122,485 / female 148,034) (2016 estimate). It also a significant factor in a society the population growth rate, which in the case of Laos is 1.53% (2016 estimate).
The population growth rate is based on two elements, the birth, and the death rate. In Laos the birth rate is 23.9 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate), the death rate 7.5 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).
In this day and age in the developed societies, the first child borns later compared to the previous centuries and decades, so the childbearing is extended. In Laos the average age of mothers at the first childbirth is .
In the best case scenario despite the fact that the birth of the children is postponed, the parents are still able to see their kids grow as the life expectancy is also extended. In the case of Laos, these figures are . With the introduction of modern medicine, the vaccinations and the proper hygienic conditions, the infant mortality rate is in a steep decline. The infant mortality statistics in Laos are the following: . Relevant data is the budget of healthcare, which is in the case of this country is 1.9% of GDP (2014).
Economic data of Laos
If we would like to describe a country, we also have to mention its economy; The government of Laos, one of the few remaining one-party communist states, began decentralizing control and encouraging private enterprise in 1986. Economic growth averaged 6% per year from 1988-2008 except during the short-lived drop caused by the AsiaNevertheless, Laos remains a country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. It has a basic, but improving, road system, and limited external and internal land-line telecommunications. Electricity is available to 83% of the popLaos' economy is heavily dependent on capital-intensive natural resource exports. The economy has benefited from high-profile foreign direct investment in hydropower dams along the Mekong River, copper and gold mining, logging, and construction, althoughLaos gained Normal Trade Relations status with the US in 2004 and applied for Generalized System of Preferences trade benefits in 2013 after being admitted to the World Trade Organization earlier in the year. Laos began a one-year chairmanship of ASEAN in.
GDP is an important figure as all the relevant calculations and statistics are based on it. GDP in Laos is $13.76 billion (2015 estimate).
An another important indicator is the rate of the GDP growth, which in Laos is 7.5% (2016 estimate) 7.6% (2015 estimate) 7.5% (2014 estimate).
These statistics are affecting the world economy, remember in 2015 when the Chinese real GDP growth rate was worse than expected; The world markets fall, and the Chinese stock exchange was temporally suspended.
A further major factor of a country’s economy, the GDP per capita. In Laos this is $5,700 (2016 estimate) $5,400 (2015 estimate) $5,100 (2014 estimate).
In the case of the economy, the Trinity is in common places, such as agriculture, industry, and services.
What are the agricultural products Laos produces?
The main agricultural products of Laos are sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts, rice; cassava (manioc, tapioca), water buffalo, pigs, cattle, poultry.
Regarding the economy, the important segments are mining (copper, tin, gold, gypsum); timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism. The crucial and regularly mentioned GDP is based on mining (copper, tin, gold, gypsum); timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism.
Drinking water source in Laos
It is important to mention, that - thanks to the development of the infrastructure -, the rate of potable water improved: urban: 85.6% of population, rural: 69.4% of population, total: 75.7% of population. Unimproved: urban: 14.4% of population, rural: 30.6% of population, total: 24.3% of population (2015 estimate).
Average number of childbirth in Laos
In Laos the average number of childbirth is 2.76 children born / woman (2016 estimate).
Population, median age, migration, and citizenship in Laos
The average age of the population is total: 22.7 years; male: 22.4 years, female: 23 years (2016 estimate). The age of adulthood varies in every country of the world in Laos it is 18 years of age, universal.
In this age when we are experiencing an unprecedented scale of migration and globalization, it is an important factor the number of new coming immigrants. In Laos is -1.1 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate). It is important to know, how to apply for citizenship: citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Laos. Dual citizenship recognized: no. Residency requirement for naturalization: 10 years.
Is Laos a safe destination? Healthcare services and contagious diseases in Laos
Many of the travelers are looking into the healthcare services and contagious diseases of their destinations. In Laos density of the hospital beds is 1.5 beds / 1,000 population (2012).
According to WHO rating regarding contagious diseases in Laos the degree of risk: very highfood or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fevervectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria (2016).
However, the HIV is not curable but maintainable. Let’s do not forget when the disease surfaced it was a world threatening condition. Unfortunately, in some countries, it is still very high the number of infected patients and fatalities as a result of the disease.
In Laos the number of HIV/AIDS deaths: .
Regarding tourism the obesity, not an important issue, but we have to mention among the health statistics, as it is the plague of the 20th and the 21st century. The rate obese adults in Laos is 3% (2014).
What are the natural hazards Laos? Is there any?
The most known natural risks in Laos are floods, droughts.
More interesting facts about Laos
A few words about the past, as every country and society its connected to its history; Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013..
In every nation's memory, there are cornerstones that placed the country on the timeline of history. The date of declaration of independence of Laos: 19 July 1949 (from France).
The flag and other symbols of Laos
The colors, symbols, and animals on the flag usually have a historical background or related to an important milestone or memory of the nation.
This case is not an exception either, three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band; the red bands recall the blood shed for liberation; the blue band represents the Mekong River and prosperity; the white disk symbolizes the full moon against the Mekong River, but also signifies the unity of the people under the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, as well as the country's bright future.
Apart from the flag, the symbol of the national unity is the national anthem. The main purpose of the anthem is to share the nation's core values, endeavors, and the patriotic feelings.
National symbols of Laos: elephant; national colors: red, white, blue.
Constitution of Laos
The existence of the nation based on the constitution. Some constitutions knew around the world, like the U.S. Constitution that accepted on 17th of September 1787, in Philadelphia, the Constitution of United States of America.
It is not related to the declaration of independence that was stolen by Nicolas Cage in the movie National Treasure 🙂
What is the legal system of Laos?
Most of the times the legal system of a country is in the focus of lawyers. It is a common fact that there are two main approaches in the world, “the law in books” and “the law in action.”
In the Anglo-Saxon world, the practice is the “law in action” while in the rest of the world where the law based on Roman law, the “law in books.”
The legal system of Laos is civil law system similar in form to the French system.
It was Aristotle, who founded the theory of 3 separations of powers. In his view, these are the council of public affairs, the magistrates, and the justice system. In the age of enlightenment was the time when terminologies have been defined, the way we still use them. In most of the democratic countries, the three authorities are separated from each other. In dictatorships, the authorities are usually interwoven in one hand.
About the legislative branch of Laos, we can highlight the following structures unicameral National Assembly or Sapha Heng Xat (132 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by simple majority vote from candidate lists provided by the Lao People's Revolutionary Party; members serve 5-year terms)elections: last held on 20 April 2016 (next to be held in 2021)election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - LPRP 128, independent 4.
About the unemployment rate, labor force, and poverty line in Laos
One of the major problems of the 21st-century economy is the unemployment. Governments are struggling to maintain a low level of the unemployment rate, but as a result of automation, the cheap 3rd world labor and the outsourcing of workflow, these attempts are failing. In Laos the labor force is 3.5 million (2016 estimate). Please bear in mind that the population in Laos is total: 51.4 deaths / 1,000 live births; male: 56.8 deaths / 1,000 live births, female: 45.8 deaths / 1,000 live births (2016 estimate) - as we already mentioned above.
The rate of unemployment in Laos is 1.3% (2012 estimate).
It is widely known that the gap between the rich and poor is widening on an enormous scale.
According to the 2017 shocking Oxfam report, the richest eight people’s fortune is equal to the fortune of the poorest half of the world's population.
In Laos, the income of the households and consumption compared to the entire population: lowest 10%: 3.3% highhest 10%: 30.3% (2008).
Another widely used indicator is the so-called GINI index, which measures the inequalities of statistical dispersion, but mainly used for measuring the sharing of income and fortune.
The GINI index is named after its founder Corrado Gini an Italian economist. Gini index has grades between 0-1, but often it is used on a percentage basis. It is 0 if the examined criteria territorial distribution is equal. It is one if the criteria is concentrated on the territory. In Laos the GINI index is .36,7 (2008).
The states usually set up a poverty line, which is more or less is a subjective measure. It varies by country its base is often the minimum pension, the incomes of the poorest 20 percent, the X percent of income per capita Etc.
In Laos the people living under the poverty line is lowest 10%: 3.3% highhest 10%: 30.3% (2008).
About the budget and central governments debt of Laos
Available budget mainly defines the state's economy. The budget of Laos is; revenues: $2.882 billion, expenditures: $3.822 billion (2016 estimate). Taxes and other revenues are 20.9% of GDP (2016 estimate).
The budget deficit (Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-)) is .
The fiscal year in Laos is 1 October - 30 September.
In country’s economy, we have to consider the public debt. Public debt is the consolidated sum of the state local, federal and central governments debt.
Inflation rate and prime lending rate in Laos
A few further interesting and important economic data are the fallowing; Inflation rate: 0.7% (2016 estimate), 1.3% (2015 estimate) and the rate of the Commercial bank prime lending rate: 16.5% (31 December 2016 estimate).
Export/import partners and data of Laos
Laos, with the export of products, industrial tools, and other services, generates revenue. The export value in Laos is: $3.075 billion (2016 estimate), $2.928 billion (2015 estimate). The total revenue of these activities: wood products, coffee, electricity, tin, copper, gold, cassava.
The most important export partners of Laos are the Thailand 30.4%, China 27%, Vietnam 17.6% (2015).
The most important imported products are: machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, consumer goods, and the countries from where the import is coming: Thailand 60.9%, China 18.6%, Vietnam 7.3% (2015).
Renewable energies used in Laos
As an attempt to suppress the pollution of the environment, renewable energies has to replace the fossil energy. The more the proportion of renewable energies in a country means more effort against the pollution. Laos, the indicator of how much of country’s produced energy is coming from hydroelectric source is 98.3% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
To indicate how much another renewable energy is produced is the 0% of total installed capacity (2012 estimate).
Telecommunication data of Laos, calling code
To maintain the economy, the development of a reliable and modern telecommunications infrastructure is crucial. We can say the following about Laos; service to public is generally improving; the government relies on a radiotelephone network to communicate with remote areasdomestic: mobile cellular usage has slowed as the regulator imposed a strict policy on pricing and competition is effectively discouraged; network performance has suffered because of insufficient maintenance and upgradesinternational: country code - 856; satellite earth station - 1 Intersputnik (Indian Ocean region) and a second to be developed by China (2015).
Transport infrastructure in Laos
In the 21st century, we often say that the world has become small and there are no distances anymore. With widespread air travel when (sometimes) there are no visa restrictions, it is easy to reach other countries, but in case the distance is not too long, we can also use railway or water transportation.
The number of airports in Laos: 41 (2013), and the number of heliports: N/A.
The total length of the roadways in Laos: total: 39,586 km, paved: 5,415 km, unpaved: 34,171 km (2009).
The total length of the waterways in Laos: 4,600 km (primarily on the Mekong River and its tributaries; 2,900 additional km are intermittently navigable by craft drawing less than 0.5 m) (2012).
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Facts about Laos
Name of the country: conventional long form: Lao People's Democratic Republic, conventional short form: Laos, local long form: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao, local short form: Mueang Lao (unofficial), etymology: name means "Land of the Lao [people]".
|Abbrevation: Laos||Geographic coordinates:
18 00 N, 105 00 E
|Location: Southeast Asia|
|Capital of Laos: Vientiane||GPS of the Capital:
17 58 N 102 36 E
|Position: Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam|
|Land area: total: 236,800 sq km; land: 230,800 sq km, water: 6,000 sq km||Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus
||Area comparative: slightly larger than Utah|
|Population: 7,019,073 (July 2016 estimate)||Population grow rate: 1.53% (2016 estimate)||Sex ratio: at birth: 1.04 male(s) / female, 0-14 years: 1.02 male(s) / female, 15-24 years: 0.99 male(s) / female, 25-54 years: 0.97 male(s) / female, 55-64 years: 0.96 male(s) / female, 65 years and over: 0.83 male(s) / female, total population: 0.99 male(s) / female, (2016 estimate)|
|Exports: $3.075 billion (2016 estimate), $2.928 billion (2015 estimate)||Imports: $3.936 billion (2016 estimate), $4.058 billion (2015 estimate)||Import partners: Thailand 60.9%, China 18.6%, Vietnam 7.3% (2015)|
|Urbanization: urban population: 38.6% of total population (2015)||Major urban area(s): VIENTIANE (capital) 997,000 (2015)||Median age: total: 22.7 years; male: 22.4 years, female: 23 years (2016 estimate)
|Internet users: total: 1.258 million. Percent of population: 18.2% (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (fixed lines): total subscriptions: 962,497. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 14 (July 2015 estimate)||Telephones (mobile, cellular): total: 3.727 million. Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 54 (July 2015 estimate)|
|Unemployment rate: 1.3% (2012 estimate)||Nationality: Lao(s) or Laotian(s) adjective: Lao or Laotian||National holidays: Republic Day, 2 December (1975)|
|Life expectancy at birth: total population: 64.3 years. Male: 62.2 years, female: 66.4 years (2016 estimate)||Total fertility rate: 2.76 children born / woman (2016 estimate)||Birthrate: 23.9 births / 1,000 population (2016 estimate)|
|Literacy: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 79.9%; male: 87.1%, female: 72.8% (2015 estimate)||Legal system: civil law system similar in form to the French system||Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal|
|Industries: mining (copper, tin, gold, gypsum); timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism||Industrial production growth rate: 8% (2016 estimate)||GDP real growth rate: 7.5% (2016 estimate) 7.6% (2015 estimate) 7.5% (2014 estimate)|
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