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Laos


    • Location:
      Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand

    • Map references:
      Southeast Asia

    • Area:

        total area:
        236,800 sq km

        land area:
        230,800 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than Utah

    • Land boundaries:
      total 5,083 km, Burma 235 km, Cambodia 541 km, China 423 km, Thailand 1,754 km, Vietnam 2,130 km

    • Coastline:
      0 km (landlocked)

    • Maritime claims:
      none; landlocked

    • International disputes:
      boundary dispute with Thailand

    • Climate:
      tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)

    • Terrain:
      mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus

    • Natural resources:
      timber, hydropower, gypsum, tin, gold, gemstones

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        4%

        permanent crops:
        0%

        meadows and pastures:
        3%

        forest and woodland:
        58%

        other:
        35%

    • Irrigated land:
      1,554 sq km (1992 est.)

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        deforestation; soil erosion; a majority of the population does not have access to potable water

        natural hazards:
        floods, droughts, and blight

        international agreements:
        party to - Climate Change, Environmental Modification, Nuclear Test Ban; signed, but not ratified - Law of the Sea

    • Note:
      landlocked






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