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Complete details about Laos in Asia with capital city Vientiane

Country NameLaos (Lao)
Country CodeLAO
Capital CityVientiane
ContinentAsia
RegionSoutheast Asia
Independence Year1953
Population5433000
Surface Area236800.0
Life Expectancy53.1 years
GNP1292.0 (old 1746.0)
Government FormRepublic

Spoken Languages

Lao [official]     (67.2%)
Lao-Soung     (5.2%)
Mon-khmer     (16.5%)
Thai     (7.8%)

Major Cities

Vientiane, Viangchan     (population 531800)
Savannakhet, Savannakhet     (population 96652)

Laos's most recent News and Stories



Publisher: The EconomistSat, 20 Dec 2014 04:56:15 -0800
Hydropower in Laos

On December 11th the Mekong River Commission (MRC)?an intergovernmental body of the four riverside, or riparian, states (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam) along the lower Mekong?held a public consultation over Laos's plan to dam the river two ...   read full story

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Publisher: Voice of America (blog)Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:52:30 -0800
Disagreement Over Lower Mekong River Dam Project read full story


Publisher: National GeographicTue, 16 Dec 2014 09:54:21 -0800
Mystery in Laos: Reformer Still Missing Two Years After Videotaped Police Stop

Ng's husband, Sombath Somphone, is well known in Laos for his decades of work on behalf of farmers and sustainable farming practices. A small man with close-cropped white hair and a broad, even-toothed smile, he has a gentle poise that belies a ...   read full story

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Publisher: The DiplomatMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:56:15 -0800
ASEAN Should Confront Laos On Rights Abuses: NGOs read full story
Publisher: The NationMon, 15 Dec 2014 09:26:49 -0800
Laos must come clean read full story
Publisher: PhuketwanSun, 14 Dec 2014 20:33:37 -0800
Total of 82 NGOs Call on Laos to Explain What Happened to Disappeared Activist read full story
Publisher: GlobalPostMon, 15 Dec 2014 01:33:45 -0800
Two years on, still no sign of Laos' activist Sombath read full story
Publisher: Deutsche WelleMon, 15 Dec 2014 05:32:24 -0800
HRW: Lao government's investigation in Sombath case 'is a sham' read full story
Publisher: EU NewsSun, 14 Dec 2014 20:41:15 -0800
Statement by the Spokesperson on the second anniversary of the unexplained ... read full story


Publisher: The DiplomatFri, 19 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0800
Laos Dam Risks Damaging Mekong River, Igniting Tensions With Vietnam

A two-day meeting in Laos regarding the construction of a 260-megawatt dam on the Lower Mekong River has predictably done little to close the gap between the Lao government, which is intent on proceeding with the project, and other parties that remain ...   read full story


Publisher: Aljazeera.comFri, 12 Dec 2014 05:18:45 -0800
Two years on, Laos activist still missing

In August 2005, in front of an audience in Manila, Lao development worker Sombath Somphone received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. Known as Asia's Nobel Prize, it showed that Sombath's work was appreciated not just by the ...   read full story

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Publisher: Radio Free AsiaFri, 12 Dec 2014 15:10:06 -0800
Wife of Missing Lao Civil Society Leader Vows to Keep Pushing For Answers read full story
Publisher: The NationThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:11:15 -0800
Authorities look the other way as activists disappear in Asia read full story
Publisher: InterAksyonThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:40:17 -0800
INTO THIN AIR | Southeast Asia's growing ranks of desaparecidos read full story

Laos Tweets

From @HarlanWolffBKK on Mon Dec 22 05:30:53 EST 2014 Bangkok Rules (paperback) is now available in Cambodia, Laos and Burma http://t.co/yJZux3Z5Lj
From @BiancaPineda4 on Mon Dec 22 05:30:25 EST 2014 AKALA KO LAOS NA OISHI KO EH ?
From @ConJdeJazz on Mon Dec 22 05:30:24 EST 2014 Me encantan las bufandas nuevas que te dejan pelussssas por todos laos. Parezco un árbol nevao.
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From @lostward on Mon Dec 22 05:28:36 EST 2014 @eunicejpg laos na yan
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From @AsiaDailyNews on Mon Dec 22 05:27:12 EST 2014 Le Laos célèbre le 70e anniversaire de la fondation de l'Armée vietnamienne - Vietnam+ http://t.co/a24phhC8V0
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From @hefyxodacif on Mon Dec 22 05:24:51 EST 2014 RT @BigRyanPark: Flying to Bangkok, Thailand in 7 days! Then Laos where I'll be motorcycling across the country. #travel #adventure http:/?
From @adanwakyaroche on Mon Dec 22 05:23:56 EST 2014 Salen los premios muy repartidos, caen en todos los laos menos en Huelva!
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From @naniiiing on Mon Dec 22 05:22:49 EST 2014 RT @ASEAN: Today?s #ASEANWonder, the Kuangsi Waterfall is found in Luangphrabang #Laos. http://t.co/XuvWvrBplx
From @BiancaPineda4 on Mon Dec 22 05:19:47 EST 2014 @trishtahumar laos na yan