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Country name:

conventional long form: Lao People's Democratic Republic
conventional short form: Laos
local long form: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
local short form: none

 

Capital:

Vientiane. Population: 702,000 (2007 estimate).
 

 

Location:

Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam

 

Area:

236,800 sq km (91,400 sq miles).
 

Description:
Laos is a landlocked country bordered to the north by China, to the east by Vietnam, to the south by Cambodia, and to the west by Thailand and Myanmar. Apart from the Mekong River plains, along the border of Thailand, the country is mountainous, particularly in the north, and in places is densely forested.
 

 

Map of LAOS.

Population:

6 million (2008).

 

language:
The official language is Lao; however, many tribal languages are also spoken. French, Vietnamese and some English are spoken.

Climate:
Throughout most of the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest. The dry season runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is at its most comfortable. However, the mountainous areas can be very cold at this time

 

Economy - overview:

Laos is one of the world's poorest countries, and its predominantly agricultural economy is largely at a level of subsistence. The main crops are rice, pulses, fruits, sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Laotian coffee is highly rated among connoisseurs and is now the country's single largest export commodity.
Considerable reserves of tin, lead, zinc, iron ore, coal and timber are largely untapped. Industry is mostly concerned with textiles, basic consumer goods and processing raw materials. The tourism industry has developed since the late 1990s. It is now Laos' single largest source of income but development is hampered by chronic shortages of skilled labour and foreign exchange.

Economy:

Laos is one of the world's poorest countries, and its predominantly agricultural economy is largely at a level of subsistence. The main crops are rice, pulses, fruits, sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Laotian coffee is highly rated among connoisseurs and is now the country's single largest export commodity.
Considerable reserves of tin, lead, zinc, iron ore, coal and timber are largely untapped. Industry is mostly concerned with textiles, basic consumer goods and processing raw materials. The tourism industry has developed since the late 1990s. It is now Laos' single largest source of income but development is hampered by chronic shortages of skilled labour and foreign exchange.
 

 

Industries:

tin and gypsum mining, timber, electric power, agricultural processing, construction, garments, tourism

 

Exports:

Clothing, timber products, copper, electricity and coffee.

Imports:

Machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel and consumer goods.
Main trade partners: Vietnam, Thailand, France and China (PR).

Exchange rates:
Lao Kip (LAK; symbol ₭) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of ₭50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/143/money/South-East-Asia/Laos.html


GDP :
US$2.78 billion (2006).
 

 

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