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Laos


    • Population:
      4,837,237 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        45% (female 1,084,615; male 1,111,928)

        15-64 years:
        51% (female 1,280,142; male 1,199,149)

        65 years and over:
        4% (female 86,390; male 75,013) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      2.84% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      42.64 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      14.28 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      99.2 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        52.2 years

        male:
        50.66 years

        female:
        53.81 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      5.98 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Lao(s) or Laotian(s)

        adjective:
        Lao or Laotian

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Lao Loum (lowland) 68%, Lao Theung (upland) 22%, Lao Soung (highland) including the Hmong ("Meo") and the Yao (Mien) 9%, ethnic Vietnamese/Chinese 1%

    • Religions:
      Buddhist 60%, animist and other 40%

    • Languages:
      Lao (official), French, English, and various ethnic languages

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1992)

        total population:
        50%

        male:
        65%

        female:
        35%

    • Labor force:
      1 million-1.5 million

        by occupation:
        agriculture 80% (1992 est.)






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