Capital: Vientiane

Population: 7,104,925 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Lao Kip (LAK)

Official Language: Lao

Unofficial Languages: French, English, various ethnic languages

Main Religion: Buddhism

Ethnic Groups: Lao, Khmou, Hmong, Tai, Katang, Phuthai, Lue, and others

Largest Cities: Vientiane, Pakxe, Savannakhét, Luang Prabang

Main Sport: Muay Lao, Football

Political System: Communist State

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s day (January 1)

Pathet Lao Day (January 6)

Army Day (January 20)

Chinese New Year (February 8)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Day of the People’s Party (March 22)

Lao New Year (Pi Mai) (April 13-15)

Labour Day (May 1)

Buddha’s Birthday (May 14) 

Children’s Day (June 1)

National Day (December 2)