Last updated on March 19th, 2020
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 the 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|
|Population||98,721,275 (July 2020 est.)|
|Population growth rate||0.84% (2020 est.)|
|Official and national language||Vietnamese|
|President||Nguyễn Phú Trọng|
|Prime Minister||Nguyễn Xuân Phúc|
|National Anthem||"Tien quan ca" (The Song of the Marching Troops)|
|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.|
|Life expectancy||74.4 years (2020)|
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|
|Mean elevation||398 m|
|Lowest point||South China Sea 0 m|
|Highest point||Fan Si Pan 3,144 m|
|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||$194.6 billion (2017 est.)|
clothes, shoes, electronics, seafood, crude oil, rice, coffee, wooden products, machinery
|Imports||$190.1 billion (2017 est.)|
machinery and equipment, petroleum products, steel products, raw materials for the clothing and shoe industries, electronics, plastics, automobiles
|GDP - per capita (PPP)||$6,900 (2017 est.)|
|Birth rate||14.5 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Death rate||6 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)|
|Sex ratio||1.007 male(s)/female (2020 est.)|
|Internet country code||.vn|
|Time Zone||Indochina Time (UTC+07:00)|
|Drives on the||Right|
|Note||Vietnam is one of just five communist countries still in existence. The other four are China, Cuba, Laos, and North Korea.|
|Table last updated||March 25, 2020|