Largest Cities in Laos
Facts about Laos
Official languages: Lao, French, English
Area: 236,800 km²
Population: 6.4 million residents
Population density: 26.89 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .la
ISO codes: LA, LAO , 418
The prefix for Laos is +856
Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Its main artery is the Mekong, which also provides the fertile plains in the river valley.
Today’s Laos belonged to the French colony of French Indochina as the “Protectorate of Laos”. Independence from France in 1953 was followed by two decades of civil war and the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, Laos was neutral and there was no official United States declaration of war on Laos. Nevertheless, the US armed forces bombed Laos massively, because the Ho Chi Minh Trail ran to a significant extent over Laotian territory. More bombs were dropped on Laos than on Germany and Japan combined in World War II, making Laos one of the most heavily bombed countries in the world. After the end of the Vietnam War, the communist Pathet Lao took over power through a bloodless revolution in 1975 and proclaimed on 2.
Due to serious economic problems, Laos introduced an opening and reform policy from 1986 with the aim of realizing the gradual transition from the planned to the market economy. As part of these reforms, economic liberalization was carried out and relations with foreign countries were strengthened. Political reforms are also gradually being tackled.
Biggest Cities of Laos by Population
|5||Luang Prabang, Laos||47,489||19.886||102.135|
|6||Xam Nua, Laos||39,103||20.4159||104.048|
|7||Muang Phonsavan, Laos||37,618||19.45||103.217|
|9||Muang Xay, Laos||25,111||20.6923||101.984|
|10||Muang Pakxan, Laos||22,078||18.3826||103.659|
|11||Ban Houakhoua, Laos||15,611||20.2467||100.454|
|12||Muang Khong, Laos||15,111||14.1179||105.855|
|16||Ban Houayxay, Laos||12,611||20.2765||100.413|
|17||Muang Phon-Hong, Laos||10,223||18.4956||102.414|
|21||Luang Namtha, Laos||3,336||20.9486||101.402|
As an important road, the Mekong also connects important cities with each other and with the capital of Laos, which is called Vientiane. 600,000 people live in the capital. This city is located in the northwest and is traversed by the Mekong. Another important city that is also a World Heritage Site is called Luang Prabang and is also located on the Mekong.