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Laos on World Map

Continent Asia

Region – Eastern Asia

Size – 236,800 km²

Geography – mountainous plateaux and plains

Language – Lao (official), French, English

Religion – Buddhist 67%, Christian 1.5%, other and none 31.5%

Monetary Unit – Lao kip

     Natural Resources – timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones

Agriculture – sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts, rice; cassava (manioc, tapioca), water buffalo, pigs, cattle, poultry

Industry – mining (copper, tin, gold, gypsum), timber, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments, cement, tourism

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Neighbouring CountriesVietnam, China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia

Population –  6,803,699 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 1.59%

Average Life Expectancy – 63.51

Capital City – Vientiane (810,000)

Highest Mountain – Phu Bia (2,817m)

Longest River – Mekong (4,350 km)

Climate – tropical – warm to hot all year 15°C to 35°C

Yearly Rainfall – 120 cm (approx) mostly May to September

Plant Life – Vietnamese white pine, orchids, forest plants

Animal LifeAsian elephant, Indochinese tiger, leopard cat, marbled cat, gibbon, racoon, dog, antelope,  snakes, lizards

Bird Life – 700 bird species including grebes, cormorants, darters, bitterns, herons, egrets, storks, ibises, spoonbills,ducks, geese, swans, osprey, hawks, kites and eagles


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Laos. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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