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Laos 1997

Laos is a country located in Asia. According to AbbreviationFinder, LA is the two-letter ISO code of Laos, and LAO is the three-letter country abbreviation for Laos.

Yearbook 1997

Laos. According to Countryaah, the national day of Laos is May 11. Laos, which is isolated and financially disadvantaged but politically stable, took a major step towards regional integration in July when the country joined ASEAN, the Southeast Asian Allies. Since Laos began to open up to the outside world in the 1980s, foreign investment has increased steadily, mainly in the hydropower sector.

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In March/April, Laos’s parliament, nationally, adopted new laws that strengthened private ownership, a prerequisite for attracting more foreign investors to the country. In August, Laos as the first country in Southeast Asia signed an agreement with the United States on investment protection and the free transfer of capital and profits.

A schism with the EU was resolved in October when the EU again granted duty-free clearance for some Laotian textiles, the country’s largest export product. Customs duty was withdrawn in 1995 since the textile industry used import goods in violation of EU rules on the origin of goods.

In October, Philippine President Fidel Ramos came to the capital Vientiane on Laos’s first state visit from an ASEAN country.

A new National Assembly, extended from 85 to 99 members, was elected December 21. Almost all elected members were members of the ruling Communist Laotian Revolutionary People’s Party, so no major political changes were expected after the election.

Country data

Area: 236,800 km2 (world rank: 82)

Residents: 6,858,000

Population density: 29 per km2 (as of 2017, world rank: 105)

Capital: Viangchan (Vientiane)

Official languages: Lao

Gross domestic product: 16.9 billion US $; Real growth: 6.9%

Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 2270 US$

Currency: Kip


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Head of State: Bounnhang VorachithPhankham Viphavanh, Head of Government: Thongloun Sisoulith, Exterior: Saleumxay Commasith

National holiday: 2.12. (Proclamation of the People’s Republic 1975)

Administrative structure
16 provinces and capital city

prefecture State and form of government
Constitution of 1991
People’s Republic
Parliament: National Assembly (Sapha Heng Xat) with 149 members, election every 5 years; only one party (LRVP) allowed.
Election of the head of state by parliament every 5 years.
Suffrage from 18 years.

Population: Laotians, last census 2015: 6,492,228 residents,
49 ethnic groups: 53% Lao, 11% Khmou, 9% Hmong; Minorities of Chinese and Thai

Cities (with population): (As of 2015) Viangchan (Vientiane) 620,157 inh., Savannakhét 91,684, Pakxé 68,093, Louangphrabang 66,781, Phonsavan 48,643, Thahèk 38,388

Religions: 65% Buddhists, 2% Christians; approx. 30% followers of indigenous religions; Minorities of Muslims and Baha’i; Confucianism and Daoism widespread (as of 2006)

Languages: 65% Lao; Languages ​​of the minorities, French, Chinese, Vietnamese

Employed by economic sector: No information

Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
No information

Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 0.8%

Foreign trade: Import: 5.1 billion US $ (2017); Export: 4.0 billion US $ (2017)