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River transport, provincial capitals, Mekong River, radio receivers, southern China

Laos has no railroads and an inadequate road system totaling only 21,716 km (13,494 mi). Maintenance is poor, and most roads are not paved. However, Laos is strategically situated in the middle of the Southeast Asian peninsula, and international funding is helping to upgrade roads linking Thailand with Vietnam and southern China through Laos. River transport remains important, and Laos has 4,620 km (2,870 mi) of navigable inland waterways. In 1995 Laos and Thailand opened the first bridge between their countries across the Mekong River. Air transport links all provincial capitals, and Lao Aviation offers a limited international service. Radio and television broadcasting are government monopolies, supplying programs to 145 radio receivers and 10 television sets per 1,000 people. The country’s three daily newspapers are state owned, with a combined circulation of only 18,000. Only 8 in every 1,000 people have telephones.



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River transport, provincial capitals, Mekong River, radio receivers, southern China, daily newspapers, television sets, television broadcasting, railroads, telephones, Laos, Vietnam, bridge, Thailand, state, countries, programs, middle, Maintenance, people

 
 

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