Flag of Laos

Laos Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateYes
Country CodesLA, LAO
Official NameLao People’s Democratic Republic
Government TypeSocialist republic
CurrencyLao Kip (LAK)
Calling Code+856
Member OfUnited Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
PopulationApproximately 7.3 million (as of 2023)
Total AreaApproximately 236,800 square kilometers
Highest PointPhou Bia (2,819 meters or 9,249 feet)
Lowest PointMekong River (70 meters or 230 feet)
GDP Per CapitaEstimated at around $2,500 USD (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyEstimated at around 67 years (as of 2023)
Internet TLD.la

Laos National Anthem

Pheng Xat Lao

For all time the Lao people have glorified their Fatherland,
United in heart, spirit and vigor as one.
Respectfully holding high the red flag to wave,
Advancing to meet the bright, prosperous future.
Our Laos has been for millennia a land of peace and prosperity,
Under the reign of the Kings whose benevolent might was all-reaching,
Our united people have always been at peace,
The Lao people of all origins are equal.

Flags of Neighboring Countries

History of the Laos Flag

The flag of Laos, adopted on December 2, 1975, is unique among communist flags for not featuring any star or emblem traditionally associated with communism. The flag’s introduction coincided with the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, marking the end of the monarchy.

The design consists of three horizontal stripes, with the middle blue stripe being twice the height of the top and bottom red stripes. At the center lies a white circle, symbolizing the unity of the country under a new regime. The red represents the blood shed in the country’s struggle for independence, the blue symbolizes wealth, and the white signifies peace and unity.

Previously, Laos used a red flag with a three-headed elephant (the royal symbol) and a nine-folded umbrella, symbolizing the ancient monarchy. The change to the current flag reflected the shift in Laos’ political landscape following the success of the communist movement in the country.

The flag’s colors and design are also seen as representing the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. The white circle is sometimes interpreted as representing the full moon over the Mekong River, a significant geographical feature in Laos.

Throughout the years, the Laotian flag has come to symbolize national pride and sovereignty. It represents the country’s journey through various historical phases, from a monarchy to a socialist republic. The flag is a reminder of the resilience and unity of the Laotian people amidst significant social and political changes.