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Flag of Laos


 LAOS - LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC 
Flag of Laos Capital:
Vientiane
Area:
236,790 sq km / 91,400 sq ml
Language:
Lao, French, English
Currency:
New Kip
Population:
5,921,545
Life expectancy:
50 (men), 53 (women)
Literacy rate:
84%
Religions:
85% Theravăda Buddhist, animist beliefs among mountain dwellers
Physical features:
Landlocked state with high mountains in the east, Mekong river in west, 60% rainforest
Ethnic distribution:
60% Laotian, 35% hill dwellers, 5% Vietnamese and Chinesse
Exports:
Hydroelectric power from the Mekong is exported to Thailand, timber, teak, coffee, gypsum

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