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Where is Laos?

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Located in the continent of Asia, Lao People's Democratic Republic covers 230,800 square kilometers of land and 6,000 square kilometers of water, making it the 84th largest nation in the world with a total area of 236,800 square kilometers.

Laos became an independent state in 1953, after gaining its sovereignty from France. The population of Laos is 6,586,266 (2012) and the nation has a density of 29 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Laos is the Kip (LAK). As well, the people of Laos are refered to as Lao/Laotian.

The dialing code for the country is 856 and the top level internet domain for Lao/Laotian sites is .la.

Laos shares land borders with 5 countries: China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia.

To learn more, visit our detailed Lao People's Democratic Republic section.

Quick facts

Population 6,586,266
Density 28.5 / km2 ( 73.9 / mi2 )
Language Lao
Independence Year 1953
Capital Vientiane (Vientiane)
Currency Kip
GDP 11,771,725,798 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 1,787 (2014 data)
Land Area 230,800 km2 (89,112 mi2)
Water Area 6,000 km2 (2,317 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Viet Nam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia
Minimum Longitude 100.100
Maximum Longitude 107.700
Mininum Latitude 13.910
Maximum Latitude 22.510

What is the capital of Laos?

map showing the location of Laos
Location of Vientiane on a map.

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. It has a population of 196,731, and is located on a latitue of 17.97 and longitude of 102.6.

Vientiane is also the political center of Laos, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Vientiane, the Capital Of Laos

City Vientiane
Country Laos
Population 196,731
Longitude 102.60000000
Latitude 17.96667000
Elevation 174 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in Laos

Rank City Population
#1Vientiane196,731
#2Pakxe88,332
#3Savannakhet66,553

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.