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  • 1. Laos France
    Andy Seelapasay
    Kathy Chhim
    Joseph Trias
  • 2. Location
    Laos - Southeast Asia, bordering Vietnam, China, Thailand, Burma and Cambodia
    Population– 6.4 Million
    Ranked 103rd in world population
    France – Western Europe, bordering Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium
    Population– 64.7 million
    Ranked 20th in world population
  • 3. People
    Nationality – Lao
    Languages – Lao, English, French
    Life Expectancy – 60.1 M. 63.9 F
    Annual Pop. Growth – 1.7
    Nationality – French
    Language – French, Catalan
    Life Expectancy – 77.9 M, 84.4 F
    Annual Pop. Growth – 0.5%
  • 4. Population Pyramid
    Laos
    Population Density – 70/mi2
    Birth Rate - 26.5/1,000 pop
    Death Rate – 8.2/1,000 pop
    France
    Population Density – 295/mi2
    Birth Rate - 12.4/1,000 pop
    Death Rate – 8.6/1,000 pop
  • 5. Laos Currency: Kip
    Economy
    France Currency: Euro
    Less Developed Communist State
    Remains a country with an underdeveloped infrastructure, mostly in rural areas
    Subsistence agriculture, rice cultivation
    Below Poverty Line – 26% in 2009
    GDP Per Capita - $2,300 USD
    More Developed Republic State
    Partially/Fully privatized many services
    Most visited country in world& maintains the third largest income from tourism.
    Below Poverty Line – 6.2% (2004)
    GDP Per Capita – $32,500 USD
  • 6. Religion
    Buddhism – 65%
    Animism – 32.9%
    Christianity – 1.3%
    Other unspecified – 0.8%
    Roman Catholic– 83-88%
    Protestant – 2%
    Jewish – 1%
    Muslim – 5-10%
    Unaffiliated – 4%
  • 7. Culture of Laos
    Laos has its own distinct culture. From Theravada Buddhism, it has influences from India and also China. The influences are reflected throughout Laos in language, literature, art, and performing arts. Life in Laos is greatly influenced by Buddhism and can be seen through the way Lao people live and behave. They are taught to be patient and accept people.
  • 8. Culture of Laos
    Bpee Mai (Lao New Year)is the most widely celebrated festival in Laos. It is also celebrated by Laotians in the United States, Canada, France, and Australia. When the first Lao people emigrated from southern China, Bpee Mai was celebrated with accordance to the Chinese Lunar New Year calendar. Since the settlement in Southeast Asia, settlers adopted traditions of the Khmer and Mon-Burmese people, based on the calendar and traditions of India. Lao New Year takes place in April, which is the start of the monsoon season.
  • 9. Laotian Cuisine
    Laotian cuisine is distinct from other Southeast Asian cuisines. Most Lao dishes are served with sticky rice, eaten by hand. Lao cuisine has many regional variations, depending on fresh foods local to each region.
  • 10. Laotian Architecture
    Garden of the Buddhas
    Wat That Luang, Vientiane, Laos
  • 11. Culture of France
    France’s culture has been shaped by historical events, foreign/internal forces, and groups.
    France plays an important role as the center of high culture and decorative arts. French culture is derived from an ancient civilization composed of a mix of Celtic, Greco-Roman, and Germanic elements.
  • 12. Culture of France
  • 13. French Cuisine