Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Johanna Bjorken & Hongwei Zhang
Laos is located in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordered by China, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The country covers a total of 236,800 square kilometers, 75% of which is mountains and plateaus. The population of the Laos is 5,921,545 people (July 2003 estimate) and is growing at an annual rate of 2.4%. The capital and largest city is Vientiane. The country is divided into 16 provinces. It remains extremely poor; with 85% of the population relying upon subsistence agriculture. Laos remains governed ...