Competitive Exams: Regional Human Geography: L

LAOS

Ethnic groups Lao Lum (lowland Lao), including Lao and Tai 66 percent Lao Thoeng (Lao of the mountain slopes), including Khamu, Lamet, Laven, Sedang, and Nyaheun 24 percent Lao Sung (Lao of the mountaintops), including Hmong and Yao (Mien) 10 percent.

Languages Lao (official), numerous indigenous languages and dialects, French, English.

Religious affiliations Buddhist 60 percent Animist, Christian, Muslim 40 percent.

LATVIA

Ethnic groups Latvian 55 percent Russian 32 percent Belarusian 4 percent Ukrainian 3 percent Polish 3 percent Other 3 percent.

Languages Latvian (official), Russian, Lithuanian.

Religious affiliations Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox.

LEBANON

Ethnic groups Arab 93 percent Armenian 5 percent Other 2 percent.

Languages Arabic (official), French, Armenian, English

Religious affiliations Muslim 70 percent (5 legally recognized Islamic groups: Shia, Sunni, AJawite, Druze, IsmA'ilite) Christian 30 percent (11 legally recognized Christian groups: 4 Orthodox Christian, 6 Catholic, 1 Protestant).

LIBERIA

Ethnic groups Indigenous African ethnic groups (Bassa, Gio, Kpelle, Kru) 95 percent AmericoLiberians (descendants of repatriated slaves) 5 percent.

Languages English (official) 20 percent Mande, KruBassa, other 80 percent.

Religious affiliations Indigenous beliefs 70 percent Muslim 20 percent Christian 10 percent.

LIBYA

Ethnic groups Indigenous African ethnic groups (Bassa, Gio, Kpelle, Kru) 95 percent AmericoLiberians (descendants of repatriated slaves) 5 percent.

Languages English (official) 20 percent Mande, KruBassa, other 80 percent

Religious affiliations Indigenous beliefs 70 percent Muslim 20 percent Christian 10 percent.

LITHUANIA

Ethnic groups Lithuanian 80 percent Russian 8 percent Polish 8 percent Belarusian 2 percent Ukrainian 1 percent Other 1 percent.

Languages Lithuanian (official), Russian, Polish, English

Religious affiliations Roman Catholic 84 percent Orthodox Christian 3 percent Protestant 1 percent Nonreligious 11 percent Other 1 percent.

LUXEMBOURG

Ethnic groups Celtic base (with French and German blend) 75 percent Guest workers and residents from other European countries, including Portugaland Italy 25 percent.

Languages Luxembourgisch, German, French, English

Religious affiliations Roman Catholic 94 percent Protestant 2 percent Nonreligious 3 percent Other 1 percent.