Population: 7,234,171 (July 2018 est.)
There are over 100 ethnic groups in Laos:
Other ethnic groups 27%
Laotian Diaspora in the U.S.
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, there are about over 200,000 ethnic Lao in America.
North Carolina: 5,566
The Lao People's Democratic Republic, or Laos, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia.
Laos traces its history back to the 14th century to the Lan Xang Hom Khao Kingdom, which means “the Land of a Million Elephants.”
Laos came under French rule in1893 and gained its independence in 1949. Shortly after, Laos faced internal conflicts, and began a civil war between the Communist Pathet Lao and the Royal Lao Government.
The CIA began covert operations in Laos, also known as the “Secret War in Laos.” Between 1964 - 1973, the U.S. dropped over 2 million tons of bombs in Laos, in order to fight off the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese Army. Because of this, Laos has become the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world.
Today, despite being a popular tourist destination, Laos remains one of poorest countries in Asia.