LAOS is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east,Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be 6.5 million in 2012. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.Laos is a single-party socialist republic. The capital city is Vientiane. The official language is Lao.
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