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Protection & Enforcement of IPRs in Laos

Lao People's Democratic Republic

  • ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ  (Lao)
  • Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao (Romanisation)
Motto: "ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນະຖາວອນ"
"Santiphap Ekalat Paxathipatai Ekaphap Vatthanathavon" (Lao romanisation)
(English: "Peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity")
Anthem: "Pheng Xat Lao"
(English: "Hymn of the Lao People")
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Location of Laos (green)

in ASEAN (dark grey)  –  [Legend]

Capital
and largest city
Vientiane
17°58′N 102°36′E / 17.967°N 102.600°E / 17.967; 102.600
Official languagesLao
Spoken languages
Ethnic groups
(2015[2])
Religion
Demonym(s)Lao
Laotian
GovernmentUnitary Marxist–Leninist one-party socialist republic
Thongloun Sisoulith
Phankham Viphavanh
Bounthong Chitmany
Pany Yathotou
Saysomphone Phomvihane
LegislatureNational Assembly
Formation
1353–1707
• Kingdoms of Luang Phrabang, Vientiane & Champasak
1707–1778
• Vassals of Siam
1778–1893
1893–1953
11 May 1947
22 October 1953
2 December 1975
14 August 1991
Area
• Total
237,955 km2 (91,875 sq mi) (82nd)
• Water (%)
2
Population
• 2019 estimate
7,123,205 (105th)
• 2015 census
6,492,228[4]
• Density
26.7/km2 (69.2/sq mi) (151st)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
US$58.329 billion[5]
• Per capita
US$8,458[5]
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
US$20.153 billion[5]
• Per capita
US$2,670[5] (131st)
Gini (2012)36.4[6]
medium
HDI (2019)Increase 0.613[7]
medium · 137th
CurrencyKip (₭) (LAK)
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
Date formatdmy
Driving sideright
Calling code+856
ISO 3166 codeLA
Internet TLD.la

Laos

Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. At the heart of the Indochinese Peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast and Thailand to the west and southwest.