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Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the C? Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.

Languages: Vietnamise (Official), Tày, M??ng, Cham, Khmer, H'Mong, Chinese

Ethnic Groups: Kinh (Viet) 85.7%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.8%, Muong 1.5%, Khmer 1.5%, Mong 1.2%, Nung 1.1%, others 5.3%

Belief Systems: Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8%


Population: 91.6 million people (World Rank: 13th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 729 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 50th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.03 %/yr (World Rank: 127th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 75.9 years (World Rank: 83rd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 28.5 years (World Rank: 86th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Vietnam

World Factbook

Vietnam - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Vietnam
Quick Citation

Vietnam - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Vietnam
Quick Citation

Vietnamese Embassy
in Washington D.C.

Vietnamese Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.

Travel Info for Vietnam
from travelnotes.org

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