• Land area         : 237,000 sq km                    
  • Population        : 6,100,000 (mid-2006)                

Sources: U.N. Human Development Report 2006, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Population Reference Bureau, Asian Development Bank Key Indicators Report, Yunnan Government.

Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma (Myanmar) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Laos is divided into sixteen provinces, Vientiane Capital and one special region included 142 districts. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand, whereas the mountains of the Annamite Chain form most of the eastern border with Vietnam.


The climate is tropical and monsoonal. There is a distinct rainy season from May to November, followed by a dry season from December to April.


The 69% of the country’s people are ethnic Lao, the principal lowland inhabitants and the politically and culturally dominant group. The Lao belong to the Tai linguistic group who began migrating southward from China in the first millennium AD. A further 8% belong to other “lowland” groups, which together with the Lao people make up the Lao Loum.


The total Population is 5,657,000 and life expectancy at birth m/f is 58.0/60.0. Children mortality m/f is per 1000 96/85 and healthy life expectancy at birth m/f is 47.1/47.0. Adult mortality m/f is per 1000 335/303.

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