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Source : United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Population Division external link .

Laos population 2017

During 2017 Laos population is projected to increased by 115 583 people and reach 7 086 785 in the beginning of 2018. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 140 679. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 25 096 due to the migration reasons. It means that the number of people who leave Laos to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the number of people who move into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population change rates in 2017

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Laos population in 2017 will be the following:

The population of Laos will be increased by 317 persons daily in 2017.

Demographics of Laos 2016

As of 1 January 2017, the population of Laos was estimated to be 6 971 202 people. This is an increase of 1.66 % (113 697 people) compared to population of 6 857 505 the year before. In 2016 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 138 384. Due to external migration, the population declined by 24 687. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.997 (997 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2016.

Below are the key figures for Laos population in 2016:

Growth Rate 1952 - 2017

Laos population density

Laos population density is 29.4 people per square kilometer as of May 2017. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Laos divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Laos. The total area of Laos is 236 800 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Laos age structure

As of the beginning of 2017 according to our estimates Laos had the following population age distribution:

36.7 59.6 3.7

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimate):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Laos population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Laos age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Laos is 67.9 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Laos must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Laos is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Laos is 61.7 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Laos is 6.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Laos age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Laos is 62.4 years.
This is below the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 60.5 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 64.4 years.

Literacy of population

According to our estimates 3 522 382 persons or 79.86% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Laos are able to read and write. Accordingly about 888 228 adults are illiterate.

Literacy rate for adult male population is 87.14% (1 890 839 persons). 278 948 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 72.81% (1 631 543 persons). 609 280 are illiterate.

Youth literacy rates are 93.1% and 87.28% for males and females accordingly. The overall youth literacy rate is 90.23%. Youth literacy rate definition covers the population between the ages of 15 to 24 years.

Source: The estimation data for section "Laos population literacy" is based on the latest data published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (retrieved March 13, 2016) external link.

Laos historical population (1951 - 2017)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Laos population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19511 702 983N/A %
19521 743 4212.37 %
19531 784 5012.36 %
19541 826 2942.34 %
19551 868 8702.33 %
19561 912 2992.32 %
19571 956 6482.32 %
19582 001 9842.32 %
19592 048 3762.32 %
19602 095 8942.32 %
19612 144 6162.32 %
19622 194 6262.33 %
19632 246 0212.34 %
19642 298 9102.35 %
19652 353 4032.37 %
19662 409 2952.37 %
19672 466 3102.37 %
19682 524 9682.38 %
19692 586 5452.44 %
19702 652 1362.54 %
19712 722 8302.67 %
19722 798 8012.79 %
19732 877 0582.80 %
19742 951 8462.60 %
19753 017 7042.23 %
19763 071 4021.78 %
19773 113 2161.36 %
19783 147 8191.11 %
19793 183 2081.12 %
19803 227 4861.39 %
19813 285 1361.79 %
19823 356 3422.17 %
19833 439 3032.47 %
19843 531 4312.68 %
19853 629 7582.78 %
19863 732 6882.84 %
19873 840 1482.88 %
19883 952 0942.92 %
19894 068 0282.93 %
19904 187 3872.93 %
19914 309 6942.92 %
19924 434 2602.89 %
19934 559 3282.82 %
19944 682 1852.69 %
19954 800 2302.52 %
19964 912 0392.33 %
19975 017 4812.15 %
19985 116 8651.98 %
19995 210 6401.83 %
20005 299 5431.71 %
20015 383 7901.59 %
20025 463 5211.48 %
20035 540 6721.41 %
20045 618 9491.41 %
20055 701 9531.48 %
20065 791 9251.58 %
20075 889 2361.68 %
20085 992 5371.75 %
20096 099 2961.78 %
20106 206 8491.76 %
20116 313 7271.72 %
20126 419 9801.68 %
20136 526 5181.66 %
20146 634 6431.66 %
20156 745 6621.67 %
20166 857 5051.66 %
20176 971 2021.66 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.