Laos (Lao: ລາວ, Lāo), officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao: ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ, translit. Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao, French: République démocratique populaire lao), commonly referred to by its colloquial name of Muang Lao (Lao: ເມືອງລາວ, Muang Lao), is a socialist state and the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southwest and Thailand to the west and southwest.
Geographical type: Territory
Latitude: 18° N — Longitude: 105° E
Area: 237,955 km²
ISO 3166-2 code: LA
Measures of Freedom
2019: 5.85, Rank: 136, Personal Freedom: 5.3, Economic Freedom: 6.6
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 12, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 6
2014: 6.85, Rank: 91
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