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Vietnam - the fast facts

Location:

South East Asia

Full country name:

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Area:

329,566 sq. km (128, 527 square miles).

Population:

Over 83 million (Growth Rate 1.2%).

Capital city:

Hanoi (population 4 million).

People:

85% ethnic Vietnamese, 3% ethnic Chinese, also Khmer, Cham (a remnant of the once great Indianised Champa Kingdom) and members of some 55 ethno-linguistic groups.

Languages:

Vietnamese, French, Chinese, English and a variety of Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian local dialects.

Religions:

Buddhism is the principal religion but there are also sizeable Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Muslim and Christian minorities.

President:

Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet.

Prime Minister:

Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung

 

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