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Laos

Laos
  • Capital

    Capital

    Vientiane

  • Local time

    Local time

    1:46

  • Population

    Population

    6.5 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +856

  • Currency

    Currency

    ₭ LAK (kip)

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Laos

Laos
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  • Capital

    Capital

    Vientiane

  • Local time

    Local time

    1:46

  • Population

    Population

    6.5 m

  • Driving side

    Driving side

    Right

  • Calling code

    Calling code

    +856

  • Currency

    Currency

    ₭ LAK (kip)

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    $ 281

  • Petrol price

    Petrol price

    € 1.40 pl

  • Precipitation

    Precipitation

    1 834mm /year

Geography & travel

  • Country Area

    Country Area

    236 800 km2

  • Protected Area

    Protected Area

    17%

  • Forest Area

    Forest Area

    81%

  • Agricultural area

    Agricultural area

    10%

  • Annual air passengers

    Annual air passengers

    1.22 m

Population

  • Ethnicity

    Ethnicity

    Lao Loum - 68 %
    Lao Theung - 22 %
    Lao Soung - 9 %

  • Religion

    Religion

    Buddhist - 60 %
    animist and other - 40 %

  • Literacy rates

    Literacy rates

    58.3%

  • Languages

    Languages

    Lao
    French
    English

  • Armed Forces

    Armed Forces

    129 100

  • Murders

    Murders

    7 per 100k

  • Alcohol consumption

    Alcohol consumption

    7.5 l/person

  • Smoking

    Smoking

    56.6%

  • Diabetes

    Diabetes

    3.6%

  • Malaria

    Malaria

    21%

  • Tuberculosis

    Tuberculosis

    182 per 100k

  • HIV

    HIV

    0.3%

Economy

  • Industries

    Industries

    mining, tin, gold, timber, electric power, agricultural processing, rubber, construction, garments

  • Agriculture

    Agriculture

    sweet potatoes, vegetables, corn, coffee, sugarcane, tobacco, cotton, tea, peanuts

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones

  • Natural Resources

    Natural Resources

    timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones

  • Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy

    90%

  • CO2 Emissions

    CO2 Emissions

    1 955kt

  • Ease of Business

    Ease of Business

    141 (Best=1, Worst=200)

  • ATMs per 100k people

    ATMs per 100k people

    23

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What not to do when visiting Laos

1/21
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Street & Behavioral

Don't wear skimpy or low bikini and tight clothes.

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2/21
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Business & Communication

Don’t forget the standard Lao greeting is ”Sabaideebore” (How are you?), usually done with both hands pressed together in prayer in front of your body and accompanied with a slight bow or nod. Younger should always bow first. Some men will also shake hands.

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Don't lose the temper and cause "loss of face". The concept of "saving face" is extremely important in East Asian social relationships.

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Did you know

Did you know?

Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the world.

4/21
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Business & Communication

Don't provide your passport as collateral when hiring vehicles - better use cash as deposit.

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5/21
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Street & Behavioral

Don't touch strangers and locals.

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Business & Communication

Don’t touch anyone’s head - it’s considered rude.

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7/21
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Street & Behavioral

Don't be too affectionate in public - kissing, cuddling and similar behaviour are frowned upon if in public, especially amongst older locals.

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8/21
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Street & Behavioral

Don’t touch others during conversations, especially opposite sex.

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9/21
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Business & Communication

Don’t necessarily beckon someone with palm upwards - it may be considered rude. Hold your hand palm downwards with the fingers pointing towards the ground and sway them loosely.

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10/21
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Don't pull the motorbike in the middle of the road when trying to turn right as you might be hit from behind or from the front by others. Most of the traffic accidents are caused by this as it's common vehicles are overtaking within each of the sides in parallel and stopping in the middle can cause you big troubles.

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11/21
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Don't point at people or things with your feet - it's considered very rude as the feet are considered as the most inferior parts of the human body.

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12/21
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Social Events

Don’t forget Lao law prohibits sexual contact between foreign citizens and Lao nationals, except the two parties have been married.

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13/21
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Street & Behavioral

Don't show disrespect to Buddha or its images - large or small, ruined or not, it's regarded as a sacred object.

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14/21
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Business & Communication

Don't pronounce it wrong - Laos is pronounced as "Lao", without "s" sound.

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15/21
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Don't forget to negotiate taxi fare before you ride unless the taximeter is on.

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Business & Communication

Don’t forget the rainy season usually lasts from May to November.

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Don’t be a victim of mosquito-borne diseases - protect yourself against bites by mosquitoes.

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18/21
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Don’t leave the designated and commonly used pathways near the border with Vietnam - there still might be some unexploded mines and ordinances after Indochinese war.

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19/21
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Business & Communication

Don’t forget to remove your shoes before entering someone’s home or Buddhist temple.

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20/21
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Don't try to outrun the rainstorm on your moped.

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Street & Behavioral

Don't touch a monk. Treat monks with the highest respect. Buddhist monks are forbidden to touch or be touched by a woman, or to accept anything from the hand of woman.

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