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Laos flag information

Description flag of Laos

three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band

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Official country name

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Short name


Local names

Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao (long)


Lao(s) or Laotian(s) (noun) 0 (adjective)

Languages spoken

Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages


Vientiane (Viangchan)

Government type

Communist state


6,677,534 ranked 104, (data 2008)


most of the country is mountainous and thickly forested; the Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand. The lowest point is Mekong River 70 m.


Coastline 0 km.

Land borders

5,083km, Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km, Vietnam 2,130 km.

Administrative divisions

16 provinces (khoueng, singular and plural) and 1 capital city* (nakhon luang, singular and plural); Attapu, Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Champasak, Houaphan, Khammouan, Louangnamtha, Louangphrabang, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Salavan, Savannakhet, Viangchan (Vientiane)*, Viangchan, Xaignabouli, Xekong, Xiangkhoang


19 July 1949 (from France)