Savannakhet Province is now officially the province with the largest population in Laos, according to a report released by the provincial statistics bureau on Thursday.
The province now makes up 15 percent of the total population of Laos, with Vientiane Capital home to the second-largest population of approximately 850,000.
Champasack Province has 600,000 people, while Luang Prabang has over 400,000.
While Savannakhet now holds the title of most populous province, actual population density is lower than in Vientiane Capital. While Vientiane has large urban areas, the residents of Savannakhet live mainly in rural areas. The provincial capital of Savannakhet Province, Kaysone Phomvihane, which has recently been officially upgraded to a city, has a population of only around 120,000.
Savannakhet Province is the largest province in Laos, at 21,774 square kilometers, and has a growing industry sector. The province still requires better infrastructure and facilities to meet the needs of its relatively large population, however.
Source: Vientiane Times