How old is Laos?

Did Japan colonize Laos?

The later annexed regions of Laos were however under pure French rule. During World War II, the protectorate briefly proclaimed independence under Japanese occupation in 1945.

French protectorate of Laos.

Protectorate of Laos ລາວ
• Part of French Indochina 19 April 1899
• Champasak annexed 22 November 1904
• Japanese puppet state 8 April 1945

Why is Laos so poor?

Despite rapid growth, Laos remains one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. A landlocked country, it has inadequate infrastructure and a largely unskilled work force.

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