Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a nation in Southeast Asia, known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements, and Buddhist monasteries.

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  • Location:  ,
  • Population:  6,370,000
  • Latitude of center:  18° 10' 12" (18.17°) north
  • Longitude of center:  104° 37' 48" (104.63°) east
  • Average elevation:  702 meters (2,303 feet)
  • Capital:  Vientiane
  • Area:  236,800 km² (91,429 miles²)
  • Languages:  Lao, French, English
  • Currency:  Kip (LAK)
  • Phone code:  856
  • Internet domain:  .la
  • Neighbors:  Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
  • Wikidata:  Laos
  • Wikimedia Commons:  Laos

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Other Names for Laos

  • Albanian:  Laosi
  • Amharic:  ላኦስ
  • Arabic:  لاوس
  • Armenian:  Լաոս
  • Bambara:  Layosi
  • Belarusian:  Лаоская Народна-Дэмакратычная Рэспубліка
  • Bengali:  লাওস
  • Bulgarian:  Лаос, Народна Демократична Република Лаос
  • Burmese:  လာအို
  • Central Khmer:  ឡាវ
  • Chinese:  老挝, 老挝人民民主共和国
  • Cornish:  Pow Lao
  • Croatian:  Laoska Narodna Demokratska Republika
  • Czech:  Lidově demokratická republika Laos
  • Dzongkha:  ལ་འོསུ
  • English:  Lao PDR, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lao
  • Esperanto:  Laoso
  • Estonian:  Laose DRV
  • Ewe:  Laos nutome
  • Fulah:  Lawoos
  • Galician:  República Democrática Popular Lao
  • Ganda:  Lawosi
  • Georgian:  ლაოსი
  • Greek:  Λάος, Λατινική Αμερική
  • Gujarati:  લાઓસ
  • Hausa:  Lawas
  • Hebrew:  לאוס
  • Hindi:  लाओस
  • Hungarian:  Laosz, Laoszi Népi Demokratikus Köztársaság
  • Japanese:  ラオス
  • Kannada:  ಲಾವೋಸ್
  • Kashmiri:  लाओस
  • Kikuyu:  Laosi
  • Korean:  라오스
  • Kurdish:  لاوس
  • Lao:  Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao, ປະເທດລາວ, ລາວ
  • Latin:  Laotia
  • Latvian:  Laosa
  • Lingala:  Lawosi
  • Lithuanian:  Laosas
  • Luba-Katanga:  Lawosi
  • Macedonian:  Лаос
  • Malagasy:  Laôs
  • Malayalam:  ലാവോസ്
  • Marathi:  लाओस
  • Nepali (macrolanguage):  लाओस
  • Norwegian Bokmål:  Laos, Den folkedemokratiske republikken
  • Norwegian Nynorsk:  Laos, Den folkedemokratiske republikken
  • Occitan (post 1500):  Laòs
  • Oriya (macrolanguage):  ଲାଓସ୍
  • Ossetian:  Лаос
  • Persian:  لائوس
  • Polish:  Laos (Demokratyczna Republika Ludowa)
  • Portuguese:  República Popular Democrática do Laos
  • Pushto:  لاوس
  • Romanian:  Lao, Republica Democratică Populară
  • Rundi:  Layosi
  • Russian:  Лаос
  • Sango:  Lùaôsi
  • Sanskrit:  लाओस
  • Serbian:  Лаос
  • Sinhala:  ලාඕසය
  • Slovak:  Laoská ľudovodemokratická republika
  • Slovenian:  Ljudska demokratična republika Laos
  • Swahili (macrolanguage):  Laosi
  • Tajik:  Лаос
  • Tamil:  லாவோஸ்
  • Telugu:  లావోస్
  • Thai:  ประเทศลาว, ลาว, สาธารณรัฐประชาธิปไตยประชาชนลาว
  • Tibetan:  ལཱ་འོས།
  • Tigrinya:  ላኦስ
  • Tonga (Tonga Islands):  Lau
  • Uighur:  لائوس
  • Ukrainian:  Лаос, Лаоська Народно-Демократична Республіка
  • Urdu:  لاؤس
  • Vietnamese:  Lào
  • Volapük:  Laosän
  • Yoruba:  Orílẹ́ède Laosi
  • Zulu:  i-Laos
  • Kingdom of Laos
  • Lane Xang
  • Lanxang
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Pharassa Anachak Lao
  • Phrarassa Anachak Lao
  • Phraratsa Anachak Lao

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