Laos

Laosone of the world’s few remaining communist statesis one of east Asia’s poorest countries. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 it has struggled to find its position within a changing political and economic landscape.

Communist forces overthrew the monarchy in 1975 heralding years of isolation. Laos began opening up to the world in the 1990sbut despite tentative reformsit remains poor and dependent on international donations.