By: Jake Kluver

Basic Facts

  • (North) China (East) Vietnam (South) Cambodia (West) Thailand
  • (Capital City) Vientiane
  • (Population) 6,695,166 people as of 2014
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There are lots of mountains in the northern and northeastern part of the country. To the west there is several wetlands that are great for farming. There are also 3 main rivers that come together and are apart of the Mekong River.


At the height of the Vietnam war, in the late 1960's and early 1970's the U.S. bombed Lao territory. For 24 years the Lao government has been working hard to strengthen their economy, but there is still a lot to do. The U.S. provides millions of dollars every year to help clean up exploded bombs from the Vietnam war. Laos is rich in natural resources that can be used to bring income to the economy and develop the country.

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People & places

People & Places

Nearly 2/3 the people in Laos are Buddhist. Lao people believe in something called (phi) witch would be spirits to us. Most of the non-Buddhist groups are Animists, who strongly believe that all objects came from spirits. About 2% of the Lao population is Christian.


Lao people play lots of the same sports we do including soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Pi Mai in Laos is the holiday that we would call New Years. Lao food is often spicy and served with sticky rice. 73% of Lao adults know how to read and write.

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Lao people in the countryside get around by biking, walking, or by motorbikes. Lao people who live in the city get around by cars, buses , or motorbikes. Laos is growing very rapidly, but the country remains to be poor. To be able to vote in Laos you must be 18 years of age just like the U.S.

Did You Know

A groom often gives gifts to the brides parents thanking them for raising her properly. Lao homes are often shared by 3 generations of a family. Laos is home to the world's largest poisonous snake the King Cobra.

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