Total Population (million): 85.1404136238
Annual growth rate: 1.207149%
Urban population: 26.88%
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
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%.
Area: 329310 kmÂ²
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.
To call from Vietnam, dial 00
To call in Vietnam, dial 84
Internet suffix: .vn
Access to electricity: n.c.