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  • 80%

    growth in the mineral fuels sector, 2010-2012.

  • 8.2%

    GDP growth in Laos in 2012.

  • 8 min

    the average interval between bombings in the country (1964 – 1973), making it the most heavily bombed country per capita ever.

Formerly a sleepy backwater, landlocked Laos is waking up as it discovers the potential of its mineral and hydropower resources. Still primarily an agrarian economy, the country is developing quickly as international investment boosts growth in a range of sectors.
Quick Facts

  • Population: 6.6 million
  • GDP: $9.3 billion
  • GDP growth: 8.2%

Pros / Cons

  • + High GDP growth
  • + Mineral and hydropower resources
  • + Growing FDI
  • – Corruption and bureaucracy
  • – Agrarian and landlocked
  • – Poor infrastructure
Top Exports

  • Copper and copper products
  • Mineral fuels and oils
  • Ores, slag and ash
  • Wood and wood products
  • Articles of apparel
  • Coffee, tea and spices



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