What Kind of Country is Laos? 1-Minute Commentary


  • Area
    About 237,000km2
  • Capital
  • Population
    About 7.4 million people
  • Currency
  • Land
    Located near the center of the Indochina Peninsula
  • Citizen
    Laotians make up more than half of the population, but there are many other ethnic groups.
  • Religion
    About 65% of the population is Buddhist, but there are also many animist followers
  • Language
    Lao language etc.

Laos does not have outstanding industry internationally and is one of the poorest ASEAN countries.

However, many Lao people are engaged in agriculture and live a self-sufficient life.

Due to the lack of land development, the beautiful nature is abundant, and Khon Phapheng Falls is registered in Guinness as “the widest waterfall in the world”.

Many of the folk costumes are hand-dyed or hand-woven.

Although Laos is a socialist country, it has achieved rapid economic development since the introduction of the market economy by the “Chintanakan Mai” in 1986.

Laos country profile – BBC News
Laos | Countries & Regions | JICA

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