The country of Laos, at the heart of Southeast Asia is home to about 7.1 million people, with most living in rural areas. The Mekong River runs through the country splitting it into three regions. Laos is an agricultural society which remains heavily reliant on subsistence farming for its survival. Farming is often done by hand and livestock are raised for food, fuel and fertilizer.
Latvia is one of the smallest nations in the European Union. Yet, despite its small size, Latvia has a rich history. Latvia’s capital city, Riga, was founded by the Vikings in 1201 and became an important cog in the Baltic trade network. After being annexed by Russia for more than 100 years, Latvia gained independence again in 1918. Although it is now a member of the European Union and NATO, Latvia still maintains strong cultural and linguistic ties to Russia.
Lebanon is a small country in the eastern Mediterranean, bordering Syria to the north and Israel to the south. Lebanon is not only small in size, but also in population. As of 2016, its population was estimated at about 6 million people. Most are Christians or Muslims. The majority speak Arabic. Lebanon has a long history of conflict due to its sectarian make-up and geographic location between Syria and Israel.
The country of Lesotho is a small country in southern Africa that has been independant since 1966. It was a British colony before it gained independence, and the country is now a member of the Commonwealth. The landmass totals 30,355 square kilometers and there are 1.8 million residents living in the country. This mountainous region has an annual average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius and 60mm of rain per year.
Liberia is a country located in Africa on the west coast, with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Liberia has both lowland rainforest and highlands, with an average elevation of 300 meters above sea level. Liberia’s economy consists mainly of agriculture, forestry, fishing and mining. The top exports are rubber latex, iron ore, coffee, timber and diamonds. The top imports are foodstuffs, fuels, machinery and transport equipment.
Libya is a sovereign country located on the northern coast of Africa. It borders Egypt to the east, Sudan to the south and Chad and Niger to the west. Libya has one of the most sophisticated and developed economies in Africa, with a sizable portion coming from exporting oil and natural gas. The largest city, Tripoli, is home to five million Libyans and is also where Libya’s capital – Tripoli – resides.
Liechtenstein is a small country that is tucked in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria. One of the smallest countries in Europe, it has a population of about 38,000 people, and only one major town. Due to its size, Liechtenstein’s population density is similar to that of other European countries such as Luxembourg and Malta. The largest industries in Liechtenstein are banking and tourism.
The Republic of Lithuania is located in Eastern Europe, bordered by Estonia to the north, Latvia to the south, Belarus to the east, and Poland to the west. The country has a population of nearly three million people with its capital city being Vilnius. Lithuanian is the official language of the republic and it is also spoken by minorities in Belarus and Poland.
Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It has borders with Belgium and France to the west, Germany to the east, and the Netherlands, and Germany on its south. With an area of 2,586 square miles (6,665 square km), it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe.
Luxembourg is a small country located in Western Europe.