|Current male population (49.9%)|
|Current female population (50.1%)|
|Births this year|
|Deaths this year|
|Net migration this year|
|Net migration today|
|Population growth this year|
|Population growth today|
|Current population (as of Monday, January 27, 2020)|
|105 (0.09% of world population)|
|236,800 km2 (91,429 mi2)|
|31.0 per km2 (80.2 people/mi2)|
|1.00 (3,660,213 men to 3,672,259 women)|
|62.4 years (60.5 - men, 64.4 - women)|
(Population figures are estimates by Countrymeters (countrymeters.info) based on the latest United Nations data)
During 2020 Laos population is projected to increase by 121,427 people and reach 7,445,158 in the beginning of 2021. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 147,793. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 26,365 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).
According to our estimations, daily change rates of Laos population in 2020 will be the following:
As of 1 January 2020, the population of Laos was estimated to be 7,323,731 people. This is an increase of 1.66 % (119,447 people) compared to population of 7,204,284 the year before. In 2019 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 145,382. Due to external migration, the population declined by 25,935. The sex ratio of the total population was 1.000 (1,000 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 2019.
Below are the key figures for Laos population in 2019:
Laos population density is 30.9 people per square kilometer (80.1/mi2) as of January 2020. 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 (91,429 mi2) according to the United Nations Statistics Division .
|Religion||Number of followers||Percentage of
|Folk or traditional religions||2,258,373||30.8 %|
|Religiously Unaffiliated||73,324||1.0 %|
As of the beginning of 2020 according to our estimates Laos had the following population age distribution:
|- 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.
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.
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 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 is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.
Aged dependency ratio in Laos is 6.2 %.
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.
According to our estimates 3,700,506 persons or 79.86% of adult population (aged 15 years and above) in Laos are able to read and write. Accordingly about 933,145 adults are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult male population is 87.14% (1,986,457 persons). 293,054 are illiterate.
Literacy rate for adult female population is 72.81% (1,714,049 persons). 640,091 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.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.
The data is given as of 1st of July of an year (medium fertility variant).