Lao Culture

Population Statistics

Laos

Population

7,126,706

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Lao [official]

French

English

Various languages and dialects spoken by other respective groups

[2015 est.]

Religion

Buddhism 64.7%
Christianity 1.7%
No Religion 31.4%
Other/Not stated 2.1%

[2015 est.]

Ethnicity

Lao 53.2%
Khmou 11.0%
Hmong 9.2%
Phouthay 3.4%
Tai 3.1%
Makong 2.5%
Katong 2.2%
Lue 2.0%
Akha 1.8%
Other 11.6%

The Laos Government officially recognises 49 groups, but the total number of groups is estimated to be well over 200.

[2015 est.]

Australians with Lao Ancestry

15,130 
[Census, 2016]

Lao in Australia

Population

10,402

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Laos.

Median Age

50

[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 46.3%
Female 53.7%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Buddhism 71.2%
Catholic Christianity 4.5%
Nature Religions 2.1%
Other Religion 4.6%
No Religion 11.7%
Not Stated 4.0%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Lao 64.3%
Chinese 15.1%
Hmong 7.6%
Vietnamese 5.4%
Other 7.5%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Lao 65.3%
English 10.3%
Hmong 7.0%
Mandarin 5.5%
Other Languages 11.3%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 62.8% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 50.2%
Victoria 21.4%
Queensland 13.7%
Australian Capital Territory 6.5%
Other 8.2%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 84.6%
2007 - 2011 6.3%
2012 - 2016 5.7%

[Census, 2016]

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