Laos Introduction - 2002
SOURCE: 2002 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government, ending a six-century-old monarchy. Initial closer ties to Vietnam and socialization were replaced with a gradual return to private enterprise, an easing of foreign investment laws, and the admission into ASEAN in 1997.
NOTE: The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Introduction 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Introduction 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.