Lao Facts and History

Location: northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam


Independence: 1949 from France
Rainy Season: May-Nov
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains, some plains and plateaus
Natural Hazards: Floods, Droughts
Population: 6.99Million
POP Vientiane (Capital City): 600,000 (est)
Infant Mortality Rate: 76/1000
Age Structure:
0-14 yrs – 41.2%
15-64 yrs- 55.7%
65 & over-3.1%
Average Age: 19.08 (2005 est)
Currency: Lao KIP; 8000 KIP = $1 USD (varies daily)
Per Capita Income: $572 in 2006 (est)
Life Expectancy: 56.9 for women, 54 for men.

*(2010 Estimates except where indicated)

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