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Laos
Capital:
Vientiane
Population:
6,068,117 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Laos was under the control of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government, ending a six-century-old monarchy. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced with a gradual return to private enterprise, a liberalization of foreign investment laws, and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.
Government type:
Communist state
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $10.32 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
15,000 (2002)
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