Last updated on November 12th, 2017
Interesting facts about Vietnam’s current events and economy
#41. Football is the most popular sport in Vietnam.
#42. LGBT rights are getting more progressive, with a recent uplifting of the ban on same-sex marriage.
#43. Motorbikes are the most common form of transport, and riders are fined by the authorities if found without a helmet.
#44. Foreigners have the option of applying for a Temporary Residence Card, which is cheaper and easier to process than a visa.
#45. Did you know that Vietnam is one of the biggest producers of cashew nuts in the world?
#46. The country has a literacy level of 94%.
#47. Their rate of unemployment is one of the lowest of all developing countries in the world.
#48. School children are summoned by traditional gongs instead of bells.
#49. Nguyen is the most common name in the country.
#50. Vietnam owns about 20% of the coffee market share, and is the second largest producer in the world.
#51. To crown it all off, the Ha Long Bay is of such scenic beauty that it was included as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Interesting facts about Vietnam War
#1. The Vietnam War or the Second War of Indochina was formerly America’s longest war until it was surpassed by the war in Afghanistan.
#2. It had no clear cause and was started as a conflict.
#3. It involved the communist government of North Vietnam in alliance with the Viet Cong against the government of South Vietnam with support from the Americans.
#4. It lasted from 1954 to 1975.
#5. It continued under the governance of five different American presidents.
#6. It is broadly considered a mistake by the Americans, and a tragedy that could have been avoided.
#7. It has been estimated to cost about 200 billion US dollars.
#8. An estimated 2 million civilians and 1.3 million soldiers died during the war.
#9. It is known as the American War in Vietnam.
#10. The two countries just recently resumed formal diplomatic relations in 1995.
Vietnam – country at a glance
|Independence||2 September 1945 (from France)|
|Largest City||Ho Chi Minh City|
10.8231° N, 106.6297° E
|Area||331,210 sq km|
|National Anthem||"Tien quan ca" (The Song of the Marching Troops)|
|President||Trần Đại Quang|
|Prime Minister||Nguyễn Xuân Phúc|
|National symbol(s)||yellow, five-pointed star on red field; lotus blossom|
|National colors||red, yellow|
|Borders||Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, China, Laos, Cambodia and South China Sea.|
|Religion||(Mostly one of the least religious countries in the world.) Buddhist 7.9%, Catholic 6.6%, Hoa Hao 1.7%, Cao Dai 0.9%, Protestant 0.9%, Muslim 0.1%, none 81.8% (2009 est.)|
|Life expectancy||73.41 years (2016)|
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
|Land boundaries||total: 4,616 km|
Cambodia 1,158 km, China 1,297 km, Laos 2,161 km
|Terrain||low, flat delta in south and north; central highlands; hilly, mountainous in far north and northwest|
|Natural resources||phosphates, coal, manganese, rare earth elements, bauxite, chromate, offshore oil and gas deposits, timber, hydropower, arable land|
|Government type||communist state|
|Industries||food processing, garments, shoes, machine-building; mining, coal, steel; cement, chemical fertilizer, glass, tires, oil, mobile phones|
|Exports||$169.2 billion (2016 est.)|
clothes, shoes, electronics, seafood, crude oil, rice, coffee, wooden products, machinery
|Imports||$161 billion (2016 est.)|
machinery and equipment, petroleum products, steel products, raw materials for the clothing and shoe industries, electronics, plastics, automobiles
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$6,400 (2016 est.)|
|Birth rate||15.7 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Death rate||5.9 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)|
|Sex ratio||1 male(s)/female (2016 est.)|
|Internet country code||.vn|
|Time Zone||Indochina Time (UTC+07:00)|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Data sources||CIA, Wikipedia|
|Table last updated||May 24, 2017|