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Laos is in South-eastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam. The climate is tropical monsoon with a rainy season (May to November) and a dry season (December to April).The official language is Lao. Government and business circles commonly use French, while English is growing in popularity. Lao and Thai are quite similar languages and Lao speakers tend to understand a reasonable amount of Thai. The main religion is Buddhism.The economy of Laos is heavily dependent on investment and trade with its neighbours, Thailand, Vietnam, and, especially in the north, China. Much of the country lacks adequate infrastructure. Subsistence agriculture still accounts for half of the GDP and provides 80 percent of employment.In Laos business dress for men typically comprises a lightweight suit with a shirt and tie. Expatriate women are expected to wear a dress or a lightweight suit.The security risk for expatriates in Laos is low to medium. Risks include low levels of crime such as theft and assault, the threat of terrorism, stringent security checks and surveillance by security forces.The currency of Laos is the Lao Kip (LAK).Medical facilities are extremely basic. Medical evacuation is challenging and very expensive. Water borne, food borne and other infectious diseases are common and serious outbreaks have occurred.The population of Laos is 6.8 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.34% for Laos as at October 2019.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Laos is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 24%.Within Laos we also cover Vientiane.