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Lao People's Democratic Republic Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 5,235   Population 2000 (UN '000) 5,279
Area (km2) 230,230   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 42
Number of Administrative Units 133   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 39
Number of Urban Extents 15   Number of Settlement Points 17

Lao People's Democratic Republic Details

Continent Asia
Country Name Lao People's Democratic Republic
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 2.0
Leve1 Type Province
Level2 Type District
Number of Units 133
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 39
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2003
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 4,142
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 4,581
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 5,235
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 4,132
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 4,686
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 5,279
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 230,230
Average Input Resolution (km) 42
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 17
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 197,507
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 3,015
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 49,812
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 15
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 321
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 14
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 68
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 1,020
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 194,081
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 11,730
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 49,981
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 749,721
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 0%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 13%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 20%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 13
Regression-estimated Extents 10
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
National Statistical Office of Laos Census of 1995, provided by the UNSTAT/POPMAP Project in digital form. 2003 province population data from the National Statistics Centre, Committee for Planning and Investment, average mid-year poulation by sex and population density in 2003:
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
UNEP/GRID-WRI-NCGIA Asia Population Database: .
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,; World Gazetteer,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
NIMA, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
The five largest towns: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Kammouan and Pakse.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
A province level (adm1) growth rate was calculated between the two data years of 1995 and 2003, then applied to the 1995 district population (adm2) data to extrapolate the population data to target years.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes: