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Laos

Updated: Sep 29, 2022

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Country Name

Laos, or officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Location

Laos is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast

Asia is at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula.

Laos is bordered by Myanmar and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest.




Capital

Vientiane.



Reason for Naming

The English word Laos was coined by the French, who united the three Lao kingdoms in French Indochina in 1893 and named the country as the plural of the dominant and most common ethnic group, the Lao people.

English speakers often mispronounce the word 'Laos', falsely believing that it should be pronounced with a silent 's', however, the 's' in Laos should not be silent. In the Lao language, the country's name is Muang Lao (ເມືອງລາວ) or Pathet Lao (ປະເທດລາວ), both of which literally means 'Lao Country.



Flag

The national flag of Laos was first adopted on 12 October 1945,

then readopted on 2 December 1975.

The flag consists of three horizontal stripes red, blue(double height),

and red, and a white circle in the center of the blue stripe.

The red color represents the blood shed during the internal struggle for freedom. The blue color represents wealth, and, the white circle repres