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Learn more about Laos.
Flag of Laos Laos
Population: 6,068,117 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Vientiane
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An Introduction to Laos
Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government, ending a six-century-old monarchy. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced with a gradual return to private enterprise, a liberalization of foreign investment laws, and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.

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Map of Laos ( Location ) : 18 00 N, 105 00 E, Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam. For additional reports and educational information specific to Laos, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Laotian Flag
Three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Laos.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.44%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 52.71 yrs - Male
    • 56.75 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 61,900 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 52,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 730,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .la

Did you know ... People from Laos are called Laotians
 

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