Lao Facts and History

Location: northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam


Independence: 1949 from France
Rainy Season: June to October
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains, some plains and plateaus
Natural Hazards: Floods, Droughts
Population:  approx 7 Million
POP Vientiane (Capital City): 600,000 (est)
Infant Mortality Rate: 53.6/1000 (2018)
Average Age: 22.7 yrs (2015 est)
Life Expectancy 66.68 (2016)
Currency: Lao KIP; 8550 KIP = $1 USD (2019 varies daily)
Per Capita Income: $2,577 (2018)

*(2010 Estimates except where indicated)

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