Laos

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OFFICIAL NAME
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Lao People's Democratic Republic
GEOGRAPHY
  Situated between Thailand on the west and Vietnam on the east, Laos is also bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and C hina in the north, as well as Cambodia in the south.
AREA
  236,000 sq km / 91,120 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  just smaller than the state of Indiana
POPULATION
  6,000,000
CAPITAL
  Vientiane
LITERACY
  79% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
  Official: Lao (Dialects closely related to Thai are also spoken.)
Other: French and English
RELIGION
 

Buddhist - 60%

Animist & spirit cults - 40%

POLITICS
  Communist state
INCOME
  Per capita income US$ 390 per year
CURRENCY
  Kip (KN)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +7
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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