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Here are some interesting facts about Laos - Category: Introduction - Background: Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th Century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination 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 and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1986. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997.

Category: Government - Capital: name: Vientiane; geographic coordinates: 17 58 N, 102 36 E; time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Category: People - Population growth rate (%): 2.344% (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Industries: copper, tin, gold, and gypsum mining; timber, electric power, agricultural processing, construction, garments, tourism, cement

Category: Geography - Land use (%): arable land: 4.01%; permanent crops: 0.34%; other: 95.65% (2005)

Category: Transportation - Airports: 42 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 1,015 (2008)

Category: Military - Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 993,162; females age 16-49: 1,052,053 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: estimated opium poppy cultivation in 2008 was 1,900 hectares, about a 73% increase from 2007; estimated potential opium production in 2008 more than tripled to 17 metric tons; unsubstantiated reports of domestic methamphetamine production; growing domestic methamphetamine problem (2007)

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  1. Economy - Exports - commodities (%): wood products, coffee, electricity, tin, copper, gold

  2. Military - Military service age and obligation (years of age): 15 years of age for compulsory military service; minimum 18-month conscript service obligation (2006)

  3. Economy - Imports - commodities (%): machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, consumer goods

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html