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  • Area:

Total: 147,148 sq miles

Land: 143,419 sq miles

Water: 3,728 sq miles

  • Climate: Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
  • Elevation Extremes:

Lowest point: Mekong River 230 ft

Highest point: Phou Bia 9,240 ft

  • Population: 6,368,481
  • Ethnic Groups: Lao Loum (lowland) 68%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong and the Yao 9%, ethnic Vietnamese/Chinese 1%
  • Religions: Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40% (including various Christian denominations 1.5%)
  • Languages: Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages
  • Country name: 

Conventional long form: Lao People\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Democratic Republic

Conventional short form: Laos PDR or Laos

Local long form: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao

Local short form: none

  • Government type: Communist state
  • Capital: Vientiane
  • Independence: 19 July 1949 (from France)
  • GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,900 (2005 est.)
  • Currency: Kip (LAK)
  • Time Zone: GMT +7
  • Country Dialing Code: +856
  • Electricity: 230V 50HzHz