FAO in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Lao PDR at a glance



Lao PDR is a landlocked country situated in Southeast Asia, bordered by China to the north, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar to the northwest.


Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Lao PDR.


As of the latest available data (2022), the population of Lao PDR is estimated to be around 7 million people.

Official Language:

The official language is Lao.


Lao PDR is a single-party socialist republic. The Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) is the only legal political party, and the government is led by the party.


Lao PDR's economy is primarily based on agriculture, with rice being a crucial staple. The country has been experiencing economic growth, driven by sectors such as hydropower, mining, and tourism.


Theravada Buddhism is the predominant religion, influencing the culture, traditions, and daily life of the Lao people.


The official currency is the Lao Kip (LAK).

Natural Beauty:

Lao PDR is known for its stunning landscapes, including lush mountains, scenic rivers, and dense forests. The Mekong River, which flows through the country, plays a significant role in its geography.

Cultural Heritage:

The country has a rich cultural heritage, with influences from various ethnic groups. Traditional arts, dance, and music are integral to Lao culture.

Tourist Attractions:

Popular tourist destinations include Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved architecture; Vang Vieng, famous for its scenic karst landscapes; and the capital, Vientiane, with its temples, markets, and French colonial architecture.


Lao PDR faces challenges such as poverty, rural development, and environmental concerns related to hydropower projects. The country is also prone to natural disasters such as floods and droughts.

International Relations:

Lao PDR maintains diplomatic relations with various countries and is a member of regional organizations like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Efforts are being made to improve infrastructure, education, and healthcare as part of the country's development goals.

Note: This information is based on data available up to my knowledge cutoff date in January 2022, and there may have been changes or developments since then.