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Laos

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

 

OFFICIAL NAME

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

GEOGRAPHY

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.

AREA

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

CAPITAL

Vientiane, 799,000 (2009 est.)

LITERACY

73% (2005 est.)

LANGUAGE

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

ETHNICITY/RACE

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

RELIGION

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

POLITICS

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.

ECONOMY

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

CURRENCY

New Kip

 

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