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Vietnam

Official English Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Official Local Name(s): Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam

Common English Name: Vietnam

Capital: Hanoi

REGION
Southeastern Asia
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Cambodia (West)
China (North)
Laos (West)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Gulf of Thailand (West)
Gulf of Tonkin (East)
South China Sea (East)
TOTAL AREA
331,210 km2 (93.6% land, 6.4% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
4,639 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
3,444 km
CLIMATE
Tropical
TERRAIN
Low and flat delta in the north and south
Central highlands
Mountains in the far north and northwest
HIGHEST POINT
Fan Si Pan (3,144 m)
LOWEST POINT
Sea Level
NATURAL RESOURCES
Phosphates
Coal
Manganese
Bauxite
Chromate
Oil and gas offshore
Timber
Hydropower
NATURAL DISASTERS
Floods
Typhoons
DEMONYM
Vietnamese
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS
Kinh (85.7%)
Tay (1.9%)
Thai (1.8%)
Muong (1.5%)
Mong (1.2%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
Vietnamese
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
English
French
Chinese
Khmer
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Atheist (81.8%)
Buddhist (9.3%)
Catholic (6.7%)
Hoa Hao (1.5%)
Cao Dai (1.1%)
POPULATION
95,261,021
LARGEST CITY
Ho Chi Minh City (6,584,000)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Hanoi (3,087,000)
Da Nang (898,000)
Hai Phong (835,000)
Bien Hoa (799,000)
Cần Thơ (778,000)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Communist state
HEAD OF STATE
President Truong Tan Sang
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
58 Provinces
5 Municipalities
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
2 September 1945 (from France)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Yellow, five pointed star on a red field
NATIONAL ANTHEM
Tien quan ca
GDP PER CAPITA
$6,000 (USD)
CURRENCY
₫ (Dong)
EXCHANGE RATE
$1 (USD) = ₫22,760
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.vn
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+84

Vietnamese people may come across as relatively passive, however they also give off a strong sense of drive, especially with life goals.

Unlike most Eastern societies, in Vietnam, clan takes precedence over the family.

Clubs tend not to be like their western counterparts; instead of people standing around and mingling, there are many rows of tables where people just sit and chat. Dance floors are also rare.

When entering somebody’s house, you must take your shoes off.

Motorbikes are the most common form of transportation. However, be warned that motorbikes are very dangerous as a passenger.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vm.html (Majority of information)

https://www.gso.gov.vn/default.aspx?tabid=714 (City population data)

Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 27 December 2016