Lao speaking countriesLao is the official language in Laos and is spoken in Thailand 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 16.75 million native speakers, Lao has the highest prevalence in Thailand. As a percentage of the total population, the largest share of around 67 percent is in Laos. A total of about 21.7 million people worldwide speak Lao as their mother tongue.
|Thailand||Southeast Asia||no||23.4 %||16,755,000|
|Laos||Southeast Asia||yes||67.2 %||4,990,000|
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 unlikely to be listed here.