Country Profile

Population (2012): 6.646 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 (2012): US$9.4 billion
GDP per capita (2012): US$1,417
GDP contribution by sector: Agriculture 27.8%, Industry 34.8%, Services 37.4%
Urban population (2011): 34%
Life Expectancy (2012): 68 years
International dialling code: (+856)