Vietnam

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A Closer Look at... Vietnam
OFFICIAL NAME
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Socialist Republic of Vietnam
GEOGRAPHY
  Coastal country of Indo-c hina, bordered by the Gulf of Tonkin (east) and the South C hina Sea (southeast), and three countries: C hina (north), Laos (west) and Cambodia (southwest).
AREA
  329,566 sq km / 127,245 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  slightly larger than the state of New Mexico
POPULATION
  81,624,700
CAPITAL
  Hanoi (pop 3.5 million)
LITERACY
  94% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
  Official: Vietnamese
Other: French, Russian, C hinese, English
RELIGION
  Buddhism is the principal religion but there are also sizeable Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Cao Daists, Muslim and Christian minorities.
POLITICS
  Socialist/Communism state with both a President and a Prime Minister. Vietnam won its independence from France in 1954.
INCOME
  Per capita income = US$ 550 per year
CURRENCY
  Dong (D)
TIME ZONE
  GMT/UTC +7
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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