Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind

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Laos

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LAOS
LAOS

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Laos - Country information

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Local short name form

Lao

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

856

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

LAO

Internet country code

LA

GRC Country Code

LAO

Laos - Languages

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Language map External

Laos counts 92 languages, most spoken by a few thousand people in isolated villages. The official language, Lao External, is spoken by 3 000 000 people. Other main languages are Eastern Bru External (64 000 speakers); Hmong External (250 000 speakers); Kantu External (50 000 speakers); Khmu External (389 694 speakers); Kuy External (64 000 speakers); Phu Thai External (128 000 speakers); Phuan External (96 000 speakers); External (102 000 speakers) and Tai Nüa External (120 000 speakers).

Laos - Personal names

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Many people in Laos have only a given name. Do not confuse the form of address (Thao, Nang and Nansao) with being a name. Thao Dang’s name is Dang. Evidently, do not address somebody as Mr Thao Dang as this is repeating the form of address.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Laos - Company legal forms

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Laos has these company types:

   Limited company 
   Partnership company 
   Public company

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Laos - Example address format

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Addresses not written in Lao or another native language will be written in French.

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Laos - Postal codes

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Postal codes consist of a block of 5 digits. The first two digits indicate the province, the last two the delivery office. Postal codes can begin with any number between 01 and 18 (possibly excluding 15).

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Laos - Postal code format graphic

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Laos - Postal code format

Laos - Postal code specifics

Laos - Postal code regular expression

\A([0-1][1-8][0-9][0-9][0-9])\Z

Laos - Postal code level of coverage

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Note: the areas shown on this map are unconfirmed. The boundary between the postal code areas 09, 10 and 11 are uncertain due to the creation then dissolution of Xaisomboun province.

Laos - Postal code map

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Place names in Laos

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Refer to Exonyms in Laos for full lists of place names in Laos in other languages.

Laos - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Laos has 17 provinces External (khoueng) and 1 municipality (kampheng nakhon), shown in the list below with an asterisk:

Province Postal code area
Attapu External 18
Bokeo External 05
Bolikhamxai External 11
Champasak External 16
Houaphan External 07
Khammouan External 12
Louangnamtha External 03
Louangphabang External 06
Oudomxai External 04
Phongsali External 02
Salavan External 14
Savannakhet External 13
Viangchan External * 01
Viangchan External 10 (shared with Xaysomboun)
Xaignabouli External 08
Xaysomboun 09 (shared with Xiangkhoang); 10 (shared with Viangchan)
Xekong External 17
Xiangkhoang External 09 (shared with Xaysomboun)

This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Telephone numbers in Laos

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Laotian area codes have 2 digits when dialled from abroad. Geographic subscriber numbers have 6 digits, mobile subscriber numbers have 8 digits and the area code 20.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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