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Please pray for the training of indigenous missionaries and leaders in Laos for effective ministry and church-planting among the unreached peoples of Laos.



Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao (Lao People's Democratic Republic)


A landlocked nation in Southeast Asia occupying the northwest portion of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. It is twice the size of Pennsylvania. Laos is a mountainous country, especially in the north, where peaks rise above 9,000 ft (2,800 m). Dense forests cover the northern and eastern areas. The Mekong River, which forms the boundary with Burma and Thailand, flows through the country for 932 mi (1,500 km) of its course.


89,112 sq mi (230,800 sq km); total area: 91,428 sq mi (236,800 sq km)

POPULATION (2012 est)

6,586,266 (growth rate: 1.655%); birth rate: 25.68/1000; infant mortality rate: 57.7/1000; life expectancy: 62.77


Vientiane, 799,000 (2009 est.)


73% (2005 est.)


Lao (official), French, English, various ethnic languages


Lao 55%, Khmu 11%, Hmong 8%, other (over 100 minor ethnic groups) 26% (2005 census)


Buddhist 67%, Christian 1.5%, other and unspecified 31.5% (2005 census)


Laos is a developing country ruled by a one-party, Communist government. Political power is centralized in the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. Services and facilities for tourists are adequate in the capital, Vientiane, and in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, but are extremely limited in other parts of the country.


GDP: US$9.7 billion
GDP per head: US$1700
Annual growth: 4%


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