Laos

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  • a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949

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  • a mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia; achieved independence from France in 1949

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Laos Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos for short, is a country in southeast Asia. The capital of Laos is Vientiane.

Laos is landlocked (it does not have a coast on a sea or ocean). It is bordered by Myanmar (used to be known in English as "Burma") and by China to the northwest, by Vietnam to the east, by Cambodia to the south, and by Thailand to the west. The Mekong river forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand. Boats from Laos cannot get to the ocean using the Mekong because of rapids and waterfalls in the south of the country.

Laos had a long history before becoming a French colony. Fa Ngum created the first unifed Lao Kingdom. In 1949 it became independent from France, as the Kingdom of Laos. Later there was a civil war, and in 1975 it became a republic under control of the communist party.



Laos Sample Sentences in News


  • Laos announces population census, calls for cooperation
    Vientiane (dpa) - Laos is to carry out a countrywide census, state-run media said Tuesday. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • Azkals face Laotians in Suzuki Cup
    MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines will have Laos for its opening-day opponent in the next month's Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup in Hanoi after the Laotians completed the cast with a runner-up finish in the tournament’s qualifying round Monday night. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • Fred Branfman dies at 72; exposed U.S. bombing of Laos
    In 1969, Fred Branfman, a young American aid worker, wandered into an ancient pagoda in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Instead of a tranquil sacred site, however, he found it packed with refugees whose stories horrified him. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'

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