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Population: 4.8 million (1998)
Density: 16 inhabitants / sq. km
Ethnic Groups: Lao 48%, tribal Thai 14%, Sino-Tibetan (including the
Hmong and Yao) 13%, Mon-Khmer 25%, Vietnamese and Chinese 1%
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Area: 236,800 sq km (91430 square miles)
Location: Indochina Peninsula
Rugged mountains, dense jungle and plateau, except along the Mekong Plain
Tropical Monsoon with 2 main seasons dry season (Oct-Apr), and Rainy Season
Tin, Timber, hydroelectric power, iron, coal, gold, copper, precious stones, potassium,
phosphorite, gypsum, salt, petroleum
Rice, corn, tobacco, coffee, cotton, beans, cardamon, benzoine, stick lac, fruits
Tin, gypsum, mining, lumber, textiles, beverages, bricks, tiles, pottery, cigarettes,
Carvings, silk, cotton, silver, pottery, jewelry, traditional musical instruments,
wicherware, and etc.
Exports: Chiefly hydroelectricity, timber, coffee, tin, gypsum, cardamon, benzoin,
trattan, plywood, garments
Market: Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Europe, China, Canada and others
Imports: Foodstuff, machinery, fuel, manufactured goods.