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24 – Laos


Region East and Southeast Asia
Leader President Bounnhang Vorachit
Population 6 918 000
Christian 3%
Main Religion Buddhism
Government Communist State
Rank 24
Score 64
Previous Rank 29
Previous Score 58

Laos is unique as one of the five remaining Marxist-Leninist countries that also follows Theravada Buddhism. Being Lao is synonymous with being Buddhist. Christian converts face strong pressure from their family, friends and neighbours to recant their Christian faith and participate in all community activities. This pressure can even lead to Christians being expelled from villages. Christian children are facing discrimination and bias by teachers and fellow students in schools.

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