Republic of the Lao Nation
Sathalana Khong Sapalav Pathedsad

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Flag Emblem
Location of Laos (This is the Dream)
Location of Laos
Anthem "Pheng Xat Lao"
Capital Vientiane
  others FrenchChineseKhmuHmong
Buddhism (TheravadaMahayana)
  others Satsana PhiChristianityOthers
Demonym Laotian
Government Unitary parliamentary
constitutional republic
  legislature State Parliament
National Senate (upper house)
Representative Assembly (lower house)
President Katay Phetsalath (PAS)
Vice President Samane Don Keonakhone (IND)
Prime Minister Nam Songyue (IND)
236,800 km²
  water (%) 2%
Population 7,925,000 (2015 estimate) 
Established Kingdom of Lan Xang
Vassal of Thonburi and Siam
French Indochina
Independence from France
(October 22, 1953)
Laotian Civil War
Foundation of the Republic
(August 8, 1978)
Currency Kip (₭) (LAK)
Time Zone (UTC+7)
  summer (UTC+8)
Calling Code +856
Internet TLD .la
Organizations EANSASEATAUN
Laos, officially the Republic of the Lao Nation (Lao: ສາທາລະນະຂອງສປປລາວປະເທດຊາດ; Sathalana Khong Sapalav Pathedsad; French: République de la Nation Lao), is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, and South China. It has a parliamentary system of government under a republican consitution. Laos has a population estimated to be around 7.9 million as of July 2015.

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