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  • President: Choummaly Sayasone (2006)

    Prime Minister: Thongsing Thammavong (2010)

    Land area: 89,112 sq mi (230,800 sq km); total area: 91,428 sq mi (236,800 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 6,803,699 (growth rate: 1.59%); birth rate: 24.76/1000; infant mortality rate: 54.53/1000; life expectancy: 63.51

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Vientiane, 810,000

    Monetary unit: New Kip

    National name: Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao

    Current government officials

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

    Ethnicity/race: Lao 55%, Khmou 11%, Hmong 8%, other (over 100 minor ethnic groups) 26% (2005 census)

    Religions: Buddhist 67%, Christian 1.5%, other and unspecified 31.5% (2005 census)

    National Holiday: Republic Day, December 2

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