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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 21.1 million people worldwide speak Lao as their mother tongue.

CountryRegionOfficial languageDistributionTotal
ThailandSoutheast Asiano23.4 %16,292,000
LaosSoutheast Asiayes67.2 %4,818,000