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Laos Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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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 (ລາວ) 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 Backs Programs in Opium Eradication
    The Asian Development Bank and other international donors have been helping Laos promote alternative development schemes to opium production. Analysts also point to opium’s traditional place in ethnic hill-tribe societies, including medicinal use, warning programs to eradicate the poppy must be backed by successful efforts to alleviate often chronic poverty Laos Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • Tiger meat, bear paws openly available in Laos: NGO
    A resort complex in northwest Laos targeting Chinese visitors has become a "lawless playground" for the trade in illegal wildlife ranging from tiger meat to bear paws, an advocacy group said Thursday. Customers "can openly buy endangered species products" in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone on the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thail Read more on this news related to 'Laos'
  • 'The Last Unicorn' follows a quest for one of the planet's rarest, most endangered species.
    William deBuys tracks the saola, an elusive beauty found only on the border of Vietnam and Laos. Read more on this news related to 'Laos'

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