Economic Trivia

Laos' economy is heavily dependent on capital-intensive natural resource exports.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2016): Thailand, China, and Vietnam
Top 3 Exported Goods (2016): Ores, Copper, and Electrical Machinery

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Mining (Copper, Tin, Gold, Gypsum); Timber; Electric Power; Agricultural Processing

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $48,167,406,715 (2017)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 6.893% (2017)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $7,023 (2017)
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GDP Country Rank 107/195 (2017)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 0.825% (2017)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $14,159,855,000 (2016)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 26.2% (2017)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 12.286% (2010)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.484% (2017)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($1,233,698,910) (2016)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 3,602,800 (2017)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 61.338% (2017)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 9.657% (2017)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 29.005% (2017)
Unemployment Rate 0.671% (2017)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $6,991,685,000 (2017)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $5,787,431,000 (2017)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 53.699% (2017)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $813,030,000 (2017)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $829,727,212 (2016)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Laos’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank