Where is Laos?

Located in Southeastern Asia, Laos has a 5,274.00 km border with Burma (238 km), Cambodia (555 km), China (475 km), Thailand (1,845 km) and Vietnam (2,161 km).Southeast Asian states have enhanced border surveillance in order to check the spread of avian flu.

Laos is an Asian country covering 236,800.00 km2 of which 2.53% is water and 230,800.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 85th largest country in the world and about twice the size of Pennsylvania; slightly larger than Utah. Its geographic coordinates are 18 00 N, 105 00 E and Vientiane is the capital city.

The country's name comes from "Land of the Lao (people)".

Its ISO code is LA.


Laos has a mean elevation of 710 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Mekong River which is 70m above sea level. Its highest elevation is Phu Bia which is 2,817m above tall.

It has a tropical monsoon climate with a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Its terrain consists of mostly rugged mountains with some plains and plateaus.


Laos has a population of 7,019,073 making it the 103rd largest in the world. The highest population density can be found in and around the capital city of Vientiane.

Lao is the official language. The major ethnic groups are Lao, Khmou, and Hmong. The majority of the population is Buddhist, with a large group identifying with non-religious.

The dialing code for the country is 856.


Laos is an independent country. It gained independence from France in 1949. Its constitution was last ratified in 1991.


Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Laos's GDP is $40,960,000,000.00 (USD) with $5,700.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 113th largest economy and its citizens the 159th richest in the world. The currency of Laos is the Kip (LAK).

Its major export partners are Thailand, China, and Vietnam. Its main exports are wood products, coffee, electricity, tin, and copper. Its major import partners are Thailand, China, and Vietnam. Its major imports include machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, and consumer goods.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017