:: ASIA-PACIFIC - Vietnam

Capital: Hanoi

Total Population (million): 85.1404136238
Annual growth rate: 1.207149%
Density: 271.2552inhab./km²
Urban population: 26.88%
Ethnic Origins:
Official Language: Vietnamese
Other languages spoken: Chinese, dialects of ethnic groups who live in the mountains.
Until the XIIIth century the Vietnamese used Chinese characters ; then, they created their own writing system (nôm). Alexandre de Rhode, briliant French Jesuit father, introduced the Romanised Phonetic alphabet in the XVIIth century (quoc ngu), still in application. There is a huge difficulty for Westerners: there are 6 tones.
Business language: English is more and more used in business despite the efforts made by the Government to promote French.
Religion: Buddhists 65%, Catholics 7%, Others 28%.
Country overview

Area: 329310 km²
Type of State: Socialist Republic single-party communist state.
Type of economy: Low-income economy
One of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies. Third largest world exporter of rice; petroleum is an important sector.

Telephone code:
To call from Vietnam, dial 00
To call in Vietnam, dial 84
Internet suffix: .vn
Computers: 1.3
Telephone lines:
Internet users:
Access to electricity: n.c.



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