Laos National Anthem

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Anthem History

"Pheng Xat Lao" was composed by Dr. Thongdy Sounthonevichit (1905-1968) in 1941 and adopted as the national anthem of the Kingdom of Laos in 1947. The original lyrics were replaced when the Lao People's Democratic Republic was established in 1975.

Anthem Lyrics

Pheng Xat Lao


Xatlao tangtae dayma lao thookthuana xeutxoo sootchay,

Huamhaeng huamchit huamchay samakkhikan pen kamlang diao.

Detdiao phomkan kaona booxa xukiat khong lao,

Songseum xaysit pen chao laothook xonphao sameu pabkan.

Bo hay foong chackkaphat lae phuak khayxat khaomalob kuan,

Lao thangmuan xoo ekkalat itsalaphab khong xatlao vay,

Tatsin chay soo xing ao xay phaxat kaopay soo khuam vatthana.

Anthem Lyrics English

For all time the Lao people have glorified their Fatherland,

United in heart, spirit and vigour as one.

Resolutely moving forwards,

Respecting and increasing the dignity of the Lao people

And proclaiming the right to be their own masters.

The Lao people of all origins are equal

And will no longer allow imperialists and traitors to harm them.

The entire people will safeguard the independence

And the freedom of the Lao nation.

They are resolved to struggle for victory

In order to lead the nation to prosperity.

Laos Flag

Laos Flag

Flag History This flag has been in use since 1956 by Pathet Lao, the communist guerrilla movement and became the national flag when it gained control of the country in 1975. The red symbolizes blood shed by the Lao people in defence of their Fatherland, the blue is for the country's wealth, and the white is for unity of the multi-ethnic society under communist rule.
Flag Date of Adoption 2 December 1975
Flag Symbolism three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band

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