has a tropical climate. The rainy season runs between
July and October, when high humidity can also be
official and dominant language is Lao, a tonal language
of the Tai linguistic group. However only slightly more
than half of the population can speak Lao, the remainder
speaking various ethnic minority languages, particularly
in rural areas. The written language is based on Khmer
writing script. Midland and highland Lao speak an
assortment of tribal languages.
|Currency:||The Lao Kip, denoted by the ISO code LAK,
is the official currency of Laos. One kip is subdivided
into 100 At. A currency reform took place in 1979, with
the exchange rate of 100 old kip being replaced by one
|Population:||Population (2009 est.): 6.8 million.
Annual population growth rate (2009 est.): 2.3%.
|Capital City:||Vientiane is the capital and largest
city of Laos, situated in the Mekong river. Vientiane
became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese