Flag of Laos (GIF)

The flag of Laos is a tri-colored flag, consisting of horizontal red, blue, and red stripes with a white disc in the center. The white disk in the center symbolizes the unity of the Lao people under one nation. The red stripes point to the Lao people's blood spilled in the struggle for freedom and independence on both sides of the Mekong River. And the blue stripe represents the Mekong River itself, a symbol of the prosperity of the nation. The height-to-width ratio in the flag is 2:3, and the flag was adopted on October 12, 1945.

Surrounded by spikes of rice, the emblem features the country's national shrine, Pha That Luang, a dam symbolizing electricity generation, a cogwheel, a road, a paddy field, and a forest. The strip on the left reads "Peace, Independence, Democracy", and on the right "Unity and Prosperity".

The Laos flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the world globe.
Laos, officially known as the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia. Its capital is Vientiane, and its population is about 7,123,000.

The waving flag of Laos with its emblem (unofficial)

Capital and largest city:Vientiane (pop. 197,000)
Other major cities:Pakxe (88,000)
Savannakhet (67,000)
Official languages:Lao, French
Region:South-eastern Asia
Ethnic groups:53.2% Lao
11% Khmu
9.2% Hmong
3.4% Phouthai
3.1% Tai
2.5% Makong
2.2% Katang
2.0% Lue
1.8% Akha
11.6% others
Religion:64.7% Buddhism
31.4% Tai folk religion
1.7% Christianity
0.8% Islam
1.3% Other
Demonym:Lao, Laotian
Area:237,955 km²
(91,875 sq mi)

Keywords: Flag and emblem of Laos (Lao: ທຸງຊາດລາວ - ເຄື່ອງໝາຍຊາດລາວ; French: Drapeau et emblème du Laos), GIF

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