Demographics of Laos
The total population of Laos is 6,961,210 people. The people of Laos speak the Laotian language. The linguistic diversity of Laos is quite diverse according to a fractionation scale which for Laos is 0.6382. The average age is around 22 years. Life expectancy in Laos is 66. The female fertility rate in Laos is 3.1. About 3% of the population of Laos are obese. Ethnic diversity is quite diverse according to a fractionation scale which for Laos is 0.5139. For details on the language, religion, age, gender distribution and development of the people of Laos, read the sections below and visit the section on education in the country.
In Laos, the population density is 27.8 people per square kilometer (72 per square mile). Based on these statistics, this country is considered sparsely populated. The total population of Laos is 6,961,210 people. Laos has approximately 21,801 foreign immigrants. Immigrants to Laos make up 0.1 percent of the total number of immigrants worldwide. Immigrants to Laos make up 0.3 percent of the total number of immigrants worldwide. The ethnic diversity of Laos is quite diverse according to a fractionation scale based on ethnicity. Ethnic fractionation (EF) deals with the number, size, socio-economic distribution, and geographic location of various cultural groups, usually within a state or otherwise demarcated territory. Specific cultural characteristics, alone or in combination, can relate to language, skin color, religion, ethnicity, customs and traditions, history or other characteristic criteria. These characteristics are often used for social exclusion and monopoly of power. The ethnic fractionation index in Laos is 0.5139. This means that Laos has a relatively high number of unique ethnic groups. EF is usually measured as 1 minus the Herfindahl concentration index of ethnolinguistic group proportions, which reproduces the probability that two randomly drawn individuals from the population belong to different groups. The theoretical maximum of EF of 1 means that each person belongs to a different group. Below you will find statistics for Laos regarding the median age and the gender distribution at different age groups.