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Laos France Andy Seelapasay Kathy Chhim Joseph Trias
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
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%
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
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
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%
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.
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.
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.
Laotian Architecture Garden of the Buddhas Wat That Luang, Vientiane, Laos
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.