LAO PDR Country Profile (23-06-17)


Key Figures

  • 6.8 million population (2016) 50.2% Female 49.8% Male

  • 23.2% poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population 2012)

  • US$2,353 lower middle-income GDP per capita (2016)


Lao PDR is vulnerable to recurrent, sudden-onset and slow onset natural disasters with floods as well as storms and typhoons causing the most serious humanitarian impacts.

In 2013, Lao PDR experienced one of its worst natural disasters when five major monsoon storms hit the country between July and September. 12 out of 17 provinces were severely flooded, affecting approximately 347,000 people. The official estimated loss and damage from the disaster was US$219 million.


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