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Laos

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Laos ( (listen), ; Lao: ລາວ, Lāo [láːw]), officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao: ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ, romanized: Saþalanalat Paxaþipatai Paxaxōn 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. Located at the heart of the Indochinese peninsula, Laos is bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the southeast, and Thailand to the west and southwest.Present-day Laos traces its historic and cultural identity to the kingdom of Lan Xang Hom Khao (Kingdom of a Million Elephants Under the White Parasol), which existed from the mid-fourteenth century to early eighteenth century as one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia. Due to Lan Xang's central geographical location in Southeast Asia, the kingdom became a popular hub for overland trade, becoming wealthy economically as well as culturally. After a period of internal conflict, Lan Xang broke off into three separate kingdoms—Luang Phrabang, Vientiane, and Champasak. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three territories uniting to form what is now known as the country of Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but was recolonised by France until it won autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war began, which saw the communist resistance, supported by the Soviet Union, fight against, first, the monarchy and then a number of military dictatorships, supported by the United States. After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power, seeing the end to the civil war. During the first years of Communist rule, Laos was dependent on military and economic aid supported by the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991.
In 2018, the country had the fourth highest GDP (PPP) per capita in Southeast Asia, after Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. In the same year, the country ranked 139th on the Human Development Index (HDI), indicating medium development. Laos is a member of the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit, and La Francophonie. Laos applied for membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1997; on 2 February 2013, it was granted full membership. It is a one-party socialist republic, espousing Marxism–Leninism governed by the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.
The capital and largest city in Laos is Vientiane. Other major cities include Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, and Pakse. The official language is Lao. Laos is a multi-ethnic country, with the politically and culturally dominant Lao people making up about 55 percent of the population, mostly in the lowlands. Mon-Khmer groups, the Hmong, and other indigenous hill tribes, accounting for 45 percent of the population, live in the foothills and mountains. Laos's strategies for development are based on generating electricity from its rivers and selling the power to its neighbours, namely Thailand, China, and Vietnam, as well as its initiative to become a "land-linked" nation, shown by the construction of four new railways connecting Laos to its neighbours. Laos has been referred to as one of Southeast Asia and Pacific's Fastest Growing Economies by the World Bank, with annual GDP growth averaging 7.7% since 2009.
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Laos

Laos

Country in Asia

Laos national football team

Football team

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Town in Laos

  • Desc: Vang Vieng is a tourist-oriented town in Laos in Vientiane Province about four hours bus ride north of the capital. The town lies on the Nam Song River. The most notable feature of the area is the karst hill landscape surrounding the town.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vang_Vieng
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 147.64
Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

City in Laos

  • Desc: Louangphabang, or Luang Phabang, commonly transliterated into Western languages from the pre-1975 Lao spelling ຫຼວງພຣະບາງ as Luang Prabang, literally meaning "Royal Buddha Image", is a city in north central Laos, consisting of 58 adjacent villages, of which 33 comprise the UNESCO Town Of Luang Prabang World Heritage Site.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luang_Prabang
  • Type: Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Thing, City
  • Result Score: 133.56

Laos F.C.

Football club

  • Desc: Laos Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club based in Tacloban, Leyte. The team played in the United Football League, the highest level of club football in the Philippines at the time the league was extant.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laos_F.C.
  • Type: Thing, SportsTeam
  • Result Score: 98.95
Greater Galangal

Greater Galangal

Plants

  • Desc: Alpinia galanga, a plant in the ginger family, bears a rhizome used as an herb in Southeast Asian cookery. It is one of four plants known as "galangal", and is differentiated from the others with the common names lengkuas, greater galangal, and blue ginger.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpinia_galanga
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 96.84
Mount Lao

Mount Lao

Mountain in China

  • Desc: Mount Lao, or Laoshan is a mountain located near the East China Sea on the southeastern coastline of the Shandong Peninsula in China.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Lao
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Place, Thing, Mountain
  • Result Score: 93.87
Lao language

Lao language

Spoken language

  • Desc: Lao, sometimes referred to as Laotian, is a Kra–Dai language of the Lao people. It is spoken in Laos, where it is the official language, as well as northeast Thailand, where it is usually referred to as Isan.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_language
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 78.28
Savannakhet

Savannakhet

City in Laos

  • Desc: Savannakhet, officially named Kaysone Phomvihane and previously known as Khanthabouli, is a city in western Laos and the capital of the Savannakhet Province. With a population of 120,000, it is the second-largest city in Laos, after Vientiane.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannakhet
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 64.65

Lao people

Ethnic group

  • Desc: The Lao people or Laotians are a Tai ethnic group native to Southeast Asia, who speak the eponymous language of the Kra–Dai languages, originating from present-day southern China.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_people
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 47.48
Lao script

Lao script

Language writing system

  • Desc: Lao script or Akson Lao is the primary script used to write the Lao language and other minority languages in Laos. It was also used to write the Isan language, but was replaced by the Thai script.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_script
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 31.47

San Sebastian

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown episode (season 9, episode 3)

  • Type: Thing, TVEpisode
  • Result Score: 24.46
Vientiane

Vientiane

Capital of Laos

  • Desc: Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1573 due to fears of a Burmese invasion but was later looted then razed to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vientiane
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 16.46
Muang Sing

Muang Sing

Town in Laos

  • Desc: Muang Sing or Mueang Sing is a small town and district in Luang Namtha Province, northwestern Laos, about 60 kilometres northwest of the town of Luang Namtha and 360 kilometres northwest of Vientiane.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muang_Sing
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 15.24
Lao kip

Lao kip

Currency

Laos

Book by Arthur J. Dommen

  • Type: Book, Thing
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

TV series episode

  • Type: Thing, TVEpisode
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

Song by Schiller

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

Book by Judy Austin Rantala

  • Type: Book, Thing
  • Result Score: 7.00

L.A.O.S.

Musical artist

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

2014 film

  • Type: Thing, Movie
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

Book by Vatthana Pholsena

  • Type: Thing, Book
  • Result Score: 7.00

Laos

Musical group

  • Type: Thing, MusicGroup
  • Result Score: 7.00

Embassy of Laos in Moscow

Embassy in Moscow, Russia

  • Desc: The Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in Moscow is the diplomatic mission of Laos in the Russian Federation. It is located at 18 Malaya Nikitskaya Street in the Presnensky District of Moscow.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embassy_of_Laos_in_Moscow
  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 6.82

Laos women's national football team

Football team

Lao Airlines

Lao Airlines

Airline

  • Desc: Lao Airlines State Enterprise is the national airline of Laos, headquartered in Vientiane. It operates domestic as well as international services to countries such as Cambodia, China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • URL: http://www.laoairlines.com/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_Airlines
  • Type: Airline, Organization, Corporation, Thing
  • Result Score: 5.03
Laotian Civil War

Laotian Civil War

War

  • Desc: The Laotian Civil War was a civil war in Laos fought between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government from 23 May 1959 to 2 December 1975.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laotian_Civil_War
  • Type: Thing, Event
  • Result Score: 3.36
Laüs

Laüs

City

  • Desc: Laüs or Laus was an ancient city of Magna Graecia on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was a colony of Sybaris at the mouth of the Lao River, which formed the boundary between Lucania and Bruttium in ancient times.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La%C3%BCs
  • Type: Thing, City, Place
  • Result Score: 2.20
Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Political party

  • Desc: The Lao People's Revolutionary Party, formerly the Lao People's Party, is the Marxist–Leninist political party in Laos which emerged from the Communist Party of Vietnam founded by Hồ Chí Minh in 1930. It has governed in Laos since 1975.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_People's_Revolutionary_Party
  • Type: Thing, Organization
  • Result Score: 1.81
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