Laos

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Official Name
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Sathanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao
Population
5,622,000
National Languages
Lao
Literacy Rate
73% (2005 UNESCO)
Immigrant Languages
Central Khmer (10,400), Mandarin Chinese, Sedang (520), Tampuan, Vietnamese (76,000), Yue Chinese
General References
Bradley 2007; Edmondson and Solnit 1997; Lebar, Hickey, and Musgrave 1964; Matisoff, Baron, and Lowe 1996; Thomas and Headley 1970; Wurm and Hattori 1981
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for Laos is 86. All are living languages. Of these, 4 are institutional, 10 are developing, 48 are vigorous, 22 are in trouble, and 2 are dying.