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Lao is the official language of Laos, and spoken there by roughly 3 million people. It is also spoken by around 15 million people in the Isan (meaning northeast) area of Thailand, where it is called the Isan language. There are also a good number of speakers in the United States, and fewer in Cambodia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Territory size shows the proportion of all people who speak Lao as a first language that live in that territory.

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