Laos

Brooke M. 1st Period

Introduction

Laos is a little country in South East Asia.It is mostly covered by mountains and rivers which gives it a beautiful landscape. Buddhism is the major religion in Laos and has so many different Ethnic Groups. The main one, Lao is where the country got its name. Laos is one of the least populated countries in the region. Agriculture is the main occupation or job of the people there. They rely on the rich fertile soil to grow things. Laos' wet season runs from around May to October, and as with many Southeast Asian countries, the wet season is characterised by a downpour for a few hours each day rather than all-day downpours.

Slogan - Land of Opportunity

Geography/Climate

Throughout the country, the climate is hot and tropical, with the rainy season between May and October when temperatures are at their highest, up to 35°C. The dry season runs from November to April, which is the best time to visit as the temperature is at its most comfortable. However, the mountainous areas can be very cold at this time, down to around 5°C. Across Asia the annual monsoon is becoming ever more difficult to predict, possibly as a result of global warming.

People and Culture

The population of Laos is 6,586,266. The main religion is Buddhist that has 67%, Christianity which only has 1.5%, and then the other 31.5%. There are LOTS of different ethnic groups in Laos. The main one is Lao that has 55%. Since that is the main ethnic group that is where the country got its name. There are over 100 different ethnic groups in Laos.

Government and Citizenship

Laos has a Communist State government. This is a from of government in which the state operates under a one-party system. The people elect its members to 5 year terms. In Laos you have to be 18 to vote and anyone can vote. Their justice system is a civil law system. A civil law system means a body of law that derived and evolved directly from roman law, the primary feature of which is that laws are struck in writing.

Economy

The government of Laos began encouraging private enterprise in 1986. The results, starting from an extremely low base, were striking - growth averaged 6% per year from 1988-2008. Laos' growth exceeded 7% per year during 2008-2012. Laos has a basic, but improving, road system, and limited external and internal land-line telecommunications. Electricity is available in urban areas and in many rural districts. Laos' economy continues to rely on subsistence agriculture, dominated by rice cultivation in lowland areas.