- a city in and the capital of Laos, on the Mekong River, in the NW part.
[lah-ohs, lous, ley-os; French la-aws]
- a country in SE Asia: formerly part of French Indochina. 91,500 sq. mi. (236,985 sq. km). Capital: Vientiane.
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- the administrative capital of Laos, in the south near the border with Thailand: capital of the kingdom of Vientiane from 1707 until taken by the Thais in 1827. Pop: 776 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in SE Asia: first united as the kingdom of Lan Xang ("million elephants") in 1353, after being a province of the Khmer Empire for about four centuries; made part of French Indochina in 1893 and gained independence in 1949; became a republic in 1975. It is generally forested and mountainous, with the Mekong River running almost the whole length of the W border. Official language: Laotian. Religion: Buddhist majority, tribal religions. Currency: kip. Capital: Vientiane. Pop: 6 695 166 (2013 est). Area: 236 800 sq km (91 429 sq miles)Official name: People's Democratic Republic of Laos
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Word Origin and History for vientiane
Southeast Asian land, from the name of legendary founder Lao. Related: Laotian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The communist Pathet Lao, with long-standing close ties to the Vietnamese communists, have been in power since 1975.
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