Laos - the mountainous country in Southeast Asia has no direct access to the
sea, only via the Mekong. This flows over a length of approx. 1,800 km through
Before Brunei and Singapore, Laos is the third smallest country in Southeast
Asia and the only one that is not by the sea. Despite its many different tribes,
Laos is one of the few countries in the region where there is no tension between
the different population groups.
But Laos is one of the poorest countries in the world with a per capita income
of less than 800 euros per year. The illiteracy rate is around 40% and the
infant mortality rate is 10%. Those who can afford to keep chickens or pigs are
among the better-off.
|Name of the country
|Form of government
||People's Democratic Republic
||around from 100 ° - 108 ° east longitude
around 14 ° - 22 ° north latitude
||Pheng Xat Lao
||July 22, 1954 (by France)
(Proclamation of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos on December 2,
||approx. 6.7 million (Credit:
||The different ethnic groups can be divided into three main groups:
approx. 60% Lao Loum, Laotians of the lowlands.
approx. 26% Lao Theung, mountain tribes of the Mon-Kmer.
approx. 13% Lao Soung, Sino-Tibetan people of the highlands
||around 60% Buddhists, around 2.5% Christians, 37% followers of
natural religions and others.
||The official language is Lao,
French and English are also spoken, as well as tribal languages.
||Vientiane - together with various suburbs approx. 800,000
||Phou Bia with a height of 2,817 m
||Mekong with a length of approx. 1,800 km
||Ang Nam Ngum, an artificial reservoir near Vientiane with an area of
around 250 km²
|International license plate
|Difference to CET
||+ 6 h
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||220 volts, 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
Until the 17th century
Laos was ruled for a long time by the Khmer from Angkor Wat and then by the
Thais from Sukhothai.
Abbreviationfinder website, in the 13th century the Lao people from southern China advanced into what is now
In 1353, Prince Fa Ngoum founded the Kingdom of Laos, which is also known as
"Lane Xang", the land of millions of elephants.
Luang Prabang and the Kingdom of Laos were temporarily occupied by the
Vietnamese in the 15th century.
Vientiane, Vieng Chan, developed into a second capital of another kingdom in the
16th century. Although the neighboring, strong Burma had expanded its sphere of
influence to Vieng Chan at the same time, the king Setthathirat appointed Vieng
Chan the capital of Laos in 1563.
Soon after, in 1575, the Burmese occupied the city, where they were to remain
for seven years.
In 1591 the two kingdoms of Luang Prabang and Vieng Chan were united under King
Around 1700, however, the empire split again into the three kingdoms Vieng Chan,
Luang Prabang and Champassak.
In the 18th and 19th centuries
Laos came back under the rule of Burma in 1767. The Burmese had previously
conquered the Siamese capital Ayutthaya, which is located north of Bangkok in
what is now Thailand.
The Siamese moved their capital to Bangkok and expanded their sphere of
influence to the east. With the result that Laos was largely ruled by the
Siamese at that time.
The people of Laos revolted under King Anou in 1827. However, the uprising was
suppressed. But what was left of Laos was falling apart.
The French began to explore the course of the Mekong around 1868 after they had
already annexed South Vietnam and Cambodia became a French. Had made
In 1893 the Mekong became the border between Siam and Laos. The area east of
the river was the French. Slammed in Indochina. Luang Prabang became a French
protectorate. All western areas fell to Siam.
In 1097 the borders were changed: parts to the west of the river, such as
Sayabouri and Champassak, were added to the French part of Indochina.
However, since the country is quite mountainous and was not interesting from an
economic point of view, the French were not very interested in Laos.
In 1944 the Japanese occupied the country.
Laos in the 20th century, the road to independence
In November 1945 the independent state of Laos was proclaimed.
In April 1946, however, the French re-established the country as a colony after
the occupation of Vientiane.
Laos then only achieved full sovereignty with the ceasefire agreement of July
20, 1954 and the final declaration of the Geneva Conference of July 21,
1954. The ceasefire agreement came into force on July 22, 1954, so this date is
given as the date of independence.
Until 1979, however, civil war raged between three parties in the country.
The three conflicting parties were:
- The Conservatives, whose approximately 30,000-strong army belonged to the
Hmong (Meo) tribe.
- The pro-communist Pathet Lao movement supported by North Vietnam.
- The neutrals led by Prince Souvanna Phouma.
On December 2nd, 1975 the People's Democratic Republic of Laos was
proclaimed. This was led by Prince Souvanna Phouma as the first
President. Phomvihan, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party,
became general secretary.
The first constitution was passed on August 14, 1991.