The location of Laos
The location of Laos
Lao People's Democratic Republic

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Laos:

Laos is a landlocked, sovereign nation in Southeast Asia.[1] Laos borders Burma (Myanmar) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or "Land of a Million Elephants", which existed from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century. After a period as a French protectorate, it gained independence in 1949. A long civil war ended officially when the communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975, but strife between competing between factions continued for several years.

Private enterprise has increased since the late-1990s when economic reforms, including rapid business licensing, were introduced. Laos is still ranked low for economic and political freedom.[2] The economy of Laos grew at 6.89% in 2017,[3] 35th fastest in the world. Eighty percent of the employed practice subsistence agriculture.[1] The country's ethnic make-up is diverse, with around 70% belonging to the largest ethnic group, the Lao.[1]

General reference

An enlargeable relief map of Laos
An enlargeable relief map of Laos

Geography of Laos

An enlargeable topographic map of Laos
An enlargeable topographic map of Laos

Geography of Laos

 Vietnam 2,130 km
 Thailand 1,754 km
 Cambodia 541 km
 China 423 km
 Myanmar 235 km
  • Coastline: none

Environment of Laos

An enlargeable false color satellite image of Laos
An enlargeable false color satellite image of Laos

Natural geographic features of Laos

Regions of Laos

Ecoregions of Laos

List of ecoregions in Laos

Administrative divisions of Laos

Administrative divisions of Laos

Provinces of Laos

Provinces of Laos

Districts of Laos

Districts of Laos

Municipalities of Laos

Demography of Laos

Demographics of Laos

Government and politics of Laos

Politics of Laos

Branches of the government of Laos

Government of Laos

Executive branch of the government of Laos

Legislative branch of the government of Laos

Judicial branch of the government of Laos

Court system of Laos

Foreign relations of Laos

Foreign relations of Laos

International organization membership

The Lao People's Democratic Republic is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Laos

Law of Laos

Military of Laos

Military of Laos

Local government in Laos

History of Laos

History of Laos

Culture of Laos

Culture of Laos

Art in Laos

Sports in Laos

Sports in Laos

Economy and infrastructure of Laos

Economy of Laos

Education in Laos

Education in Laos

Health in Laos

Health in Laos

See also

Laos

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Laos". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Heritage Foundation Archived 2007-08-05 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Laos GDP". Worldometer. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Laos Demographics". Worldometer. Retrieved 28 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Laos Population". Worldometer. Retrieved 28 May 2020.