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Land area

236,800 sq km


5.4m (mid-2001 IMF estimate)

Main towns

Population of the province in which a main town is situated (‘000; mid-1999):

Vientiane (capital) 319

Vientiane (municipality) 583

Savannakhet 748

Champasak 558

Luang Prabang 406


Tropical; rainy season, May-October; dry season, November-April

Weather in Vientiane (531 ft above sea level)

Hottest month, April, 23-38°C; coldest month, January, 14-28°C; wettest month, June, 302 mm average rainfall; driest month, December, 3 mm average rainfall


Lao and others


Metric system; local measures include:

1 va = 5 sok = 10 khup=2 metres

1 rai = 4 ngane = 1,600 sq metres

1 kang = 10 hoi = 1.2 kg


Kip (K). Average exchange rates in 2002: K10,056:US$1; K15,516:£1. Exchange rates on May 16th 2003: K10,630:US$1; K17,252:£1


Seven hours ahead of GMT

Laos Basic Electricity Data
Total Installed Capacity 425 MW
Total Hydro Power 420 MW
Small Hydro Power
Convensional Thermal Power 10 MW
Renewable Energy
Nuclear Energy


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