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Economic Atlas: Decade of Population Trends Revealed in Laos

Socio-Economic Atlast of the Lao PDR

Data and analysis illustrating decade-long trends in population as illuminated by Laos’ censuses have been released in the form of the Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR – Patterns and Trends from 2005 to 2015.

Undertaken in 2015, the census provides a snapshot on changing demographics between 2005 and 2010 in multiethnic Laos.

“Socio-Economic Atlas of the Lao PDR provides readers with a highly detailed, multidimensional set of insights into geographic and temporal patterns of the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of the population of the Lao PDR.”

“It combines statistical data from the last two Population and Housing Censuses of 2005 and 2015 with detailed geographic information to present a wealth of new information on a large set of highly detailed thematic maps that are accompanied with descriptive texts. ”

Available online without charge, its chapters deal with subjects such as Demography, Migration, Literacy and Education, Health, Ethnicity, Economic Activities, Living Conditions and Poverty.


Laos is the Youngest Nation in Asia

Laos youngest nation in Asia

As many parts of the world prepare to cope with large aging populations, sparsely populated Laos remains the youngest nation in Asia.

According to a report in the Jakarta Post, Asia will boast the oldest population in the world in coming decades, with Japan already topping the world’s elderly population at 33.1 percent.

South Korea takes second place, with an aging population growing faster than any other nation. The aging population in South Korea is expected to increase from 18.5 percent to 31.4 percent by 2030, and the country now has  more older people than younger people for the first time.

Laos youngest nation in Asia

Laos’ neighbor Thailand is the third most rapidly aging country in Asia. The Land of Smiles is set to see population growth of 26.9 percent, with one quarter of the population being a senior citizen by 2030.

China’s population will shrink as ripples of the nation’s one-child policy take effect, while Sri Lanka and Vietnam are set to see growth in their aging populations.

Meanwhile, India has a relatively young population, with only 8.9 percent of the population being older.

Laos, however, will remain the youngest nation in Asia, expected to have just 8.1 percent of the population aged 60 and over by 2030.

Source: Jakarta Post
Image: DataLEADS/ANN/Infographics

Savannakhet Reaches Population of 1 Million


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
Photo: www.visit-laos.com

Star Telecom Wins Bid to Develop Population Management for Laos


On June 9th, the Ministry of Home Affairs signed a contract allowing Star Telecom (widely known as Unitel) to move forward in developing the Population Data Management System Creation Project for the fiscal year of 2017-2018.

Star Telecom, a joint venture between the Laos-Asia telecom company Vietnam’s Viettel telecom group, has won a bid to develop a population management system for Laos, that will summarize population and registration statistics. The information gathered will then be used to create a platform database for socio-economic development and national security planning.

The system will be designed to accumulate and store digitized citizens’ data, including births, deaths, causes of death, marital status, divorce, family names and addresses, and immigration records, thus streamlining management work that will cut expenses and wait time for administrative procedures.

The first phase of the project will be facilitated between 2017 and 2018, with Star Telecom building the system for Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Champasak provinces, with the second phase expanding into the 14 remaining provinces. The project is estimated to cost around 700,000 USD to execute.

The Director of Population Administration Department, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Thongchanh Syvilay believes that the new system will boost the quality of population management in Laos, particularly in calculating statistics on family registration to serve socio-economic planning.

Star Telecom director, Cao Anh Son, guaranteed to effectively implement the project, ensuring internet connections available to all units of the ministry and promptly handling all issues that emerge during the installation of the new system.

Currently, Star Telecom  dominates 50 percent of the mobile service market in Laos.

Three-fold Increase in Eld’s Deer Population in Savannakhet Province

The Eld’s deer population in Savannakhet province’s dry dipterocarp forest has reached a three-fold increase, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF-Laos) recent assessment.