Country Profile

Population (2011): 6.3 million
Capital: Vientiane
Area: 236,800 sq km
Main Languages: Lao (official), French, English, various ethnic languages
Religions: Buddhist 67%, Christian 1.5%, other and unspecified 31.5% (2005 census)
Currency: Kips (LAK)
GDP (2011): US$8.3 billion
GDP per capita (2011): US$1,320
GDP contribution by sector: Agriculture 27.8%, Industry 34.8%, Services 37.4% (2011 est.)
Urban population (2011): 34%
Life Expectancy (2011): 67 years
International dialing code: (+856)