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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' hydropower dams draw criticisms from neighbours
    Laos' plan to build a series of hydropower dams over the next 15 years has drawn criticisms from its neighbours due to concerns over the impact on fishing communities and the environment. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • Examining ASEAN up-and-comers
    Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are among the least-developed, but growing nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN. As ASEAN moves toward closer economic unity, development of the three nations is becoming more and more important. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • Vietnam Veterans of U.S. Secret Army in Laos Urge Congress to Act
    The Center for Public Policy Analysis and Lao- and Hmong-American leaders are meeting with key members of the U.S. Congress, and Senate and House offices on Capitol Hill, urging the passage of legislation to grant burial honors, and benefits, to veterans who served in the U.S. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'

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