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Ranked 23 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 6.0 out of 100.


Laos is a minor power in Asia.

The country’s overall score has remained unchanged over the past year.

Laos performs best in the economic relationships measure, where it places 19th. Its lowest rankings are in the military capability and future resources measures, coming in at 25th place for both.

In 2021, Laos saw its greatest improvement in its military capability, resilience and cultural influence, where it moved up one place in each. However, it has also slipped by one place in the economic capability, future resources and defence networks measures relative to 2020.

Laos exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Laos is a net underachiever in Asia, its negative power gap improved marginally in 2021.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Laos

Globally, which countries does Laos do most of its trade with?

Thailand 50.1%

China 28.8%

Vietnam 8.6%

European Union 3.6%

Japan 2.2%

Countries influenced by Laos

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Laos?

Thailand 1.4%

Vietnam 0.2%