Backgrounder: Laos

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Vientiane
  • Population (millions): 6.5
  • Total area: 230,800 km²
  • Currency: kip
  • Language (s): Laotian (official), French, various ethnic languages

Economic Facts 2013

  • GDP ($ billions): 10.3
  • GDP per capita ($): 1,521
  • GDP growth (%): 8.2
  • Inflation (%): 6.4
  • Unemployment (%): N/A

Key Opportunities

  • Mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental consulting

Support Services

Trade Commissioner Service of Canada

Trade and Investment Promotion Initiatives

  • Canada-ASEAN Business Council
Trade and Investment
Value (in millions of dollars)
 20132007
Canada’s merchandise exports to Laos6.40.7
Canada’s merchandise imports from Laos11.26.6
Canadian investment in LaosN/AN/A
Laotian investment in CanadaN/AN/A