Outline of Laos

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The location of Laos
An enlargeable map of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

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

Laoslandlocked sovereign country located 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 the protesting 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 among the lowest countries in terms of economic and political freedom.[2] The economy of Laos grew at 7.2% in 2006, 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[edit]

An enlargeable relief map of Laos

Geography of Laos[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of Laos
Main article: 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[edit]

An enlargeable false color satellite image of Laos

Natural geographic features of Laos[edit]

Regions of Laos[edit]

Main article: Regions of Laos

Ecoregions of Laos[edit]

Administrative divisions of Laos[edit]

Provinces of Laos[edit]
Main article: Provinces of Laos
Districts of Laos[edit]
Main article: Districts of Laos
Municipalities of Laos[edit]

Demography of Laos[edit]

Main article: Demographics of Laos

Government and politics of Laos[edit]

Politics of Laos

Branches of the government of Laos[edit]

Main article: Government of Laos

Executive branch of the government of Laos[edit]

Legislative branch of the government of Laos[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of Laos[edit]

Main article: Court system of Laos

Foreign relations of Laos[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

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

Law and order in Laos[edit]

Main article: Law of Laos

Military of Laos[edit]

Main article: Military of Laos

Local government in Laos[edit]

History of Laos[edit]

Culture of Laos[edit]

Main article: Culture of Laos

Art in Laos[edit]

Sports in Laos[edit]

Main article: Sports in Laos

Economy and infrastructure of Laos[edit]

Main article: Economy of Laos

Education in Laos[edit]

Main article: Education in Laos

Health in Laos[edit]

Main article: Health in Laos

See also[edit]

Main article: Laos


External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Laos

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Laos.