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Capital: Vientiane
ISO code: LAO
Currency: Lao kip
Population: approx 7 million
Dialing Code: +856
Internet Country Code: .la

Introduction - Brief History
Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government, ending a six-century-old monarchy. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced with a gradual return to private enterprise, a liberalization of foreign investment laws, and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.

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<>Languages Spoken: Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages


Religion: Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40%


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Lowest Point: Mekong River 70 m
Highest Point: Phou Bia 2,817 m


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