National Symbols of Laos

Laos is a country in Asia. It shares borders with the following countries: China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), . The capital of Laos is Vientiane.

The official language is Lao; ‎Hmong and the Lao kip is the currency of the Laos. The domain is .la and the country code is +856.

National day is celebrated on 2 Dec 1975. Every country in the world has national symbols including national animal, national flower, motto, etc and Laos is no exception.

In Laos, Muay Lao is considered as a national sport, and it is a passion of many Lao people. Lao Lao is not only a traditional drink, but one of the national drink of Laos. As poetry is a highly appreciated art, many poets like Not Declared represent a national Lao symbol.

The country was founded by Fa Ngum. The current president of Laos is Thongloun Sisoulith and Phankham Viphavanh is the Prime Minister.

In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E, F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.

The Lao national anthem was written by Sisana Sisane and composed by Thongdy Sounthonevichit.

Country information

Former name(s) Lan Xang
Official name(s) Lao People's Democratic Republic
Alternative name(s) Lao People's Democratic Republic (official, English) Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn (romanized Lao)
Regional location Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam
Country name etymology The 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.
Climate Tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
Terrain Mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus
Population 7,275,560
National Day 2 Dec 1975
Language(s) Lao; ‎Hmong
Religion Buddhism
Country code +856
Literacy rate N/A
Currency Lao kip
Capital city Vientiane
Domain(TLD) .la
Ethnicity Lao, Khmu, Hmong, Phouthai, Tai, & Makong
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Lao
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 237,955 km2 (91,875 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+7 (ICT)
Average elevation 710 m (2,329 ft)
Coastline 84.7%
Mains electricity 230 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Laos

Flag map of Laos

Motto of Laos

ສັນຕິພາບ ເອກະລາດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ເອກະພາບ ວັດທະນາຖາວອນ - "Peace, independence, democracy, unity and prosperity"

National animal of Laos

The National animal of Laos is Indian Elephant

National Animal of Laos - Indian Elephant

National flower of Laos

The National flower of Laos is Nosegay. Botanical name is Plumeria Alba.

National flower of Laos - Nosegay

National bird of Laos

The National bird of Laos is Siamese Fireback

National bird of Laos - Siamese Fireback

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Lao Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

Ten mouths speaking are not as good as seeing with one’s own eyes; ten eyes that see are not as good as what one has in one’s hand.

Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.

A person’s stripes are inside; those of a tiger are outside.

When you have money, you can speak; When you have wood, you can build your home.

If you must be a servant, serve the rich; if you must be a dog, let it be a temple dog.

Although he who walks behind an elephant may feel very secure, he is likely to get splattered with elephant dung.

One has to cross upstream, higher up, to come downstream properly.

Learning means loving the country.

Listen with one ear; be suspicious with the other.

When you’ve heard it you must see it; when you’ve seen it make a judgement with your heart.

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