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Lao speaking countries

Lao is the official language in Laos and is spoken in 1 more countries as monther tongue by a part of the population. The Lao language (native name: ພາສາລາວ) has its roots in the Tai–Kadai language family.

With a share of around 67%, it is most widespread in Laos. A total of about 21.2 m people worldwide speak Lao as their mother tongue.

Distribution Lao

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ThailandSoutheast Asiano23.4 %16,333,000
LaosSoutheast Asiayes67.2 %4,889,000


Unless otherwise described in the text, this page is about native speakers - not the total number of speakers. How many people understand or speak Lao as a subsequently learned language is not the subject of this page. Countries where native speakers make up only a few thousand or even a few hundred people, or countries with a percentage well below 1%, are maybe not listed here.