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Vietnam

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Vietnam
AREA
331,114 sq km (127,844 sq miles).
POPULATION
75,355,200 (1996).
POPULATION DENSITY
227.6 per sq km.
CAPITAL
Hanoi.
CAPITAL POPULATION
2,154,900 (1993).
GEOGRAPHY
Vietnam shares borders to the north with the People's Republic of China and to the west with Laos and Cambodia. The South China Sea lies to the east and south. The land is principally agricultural with a central tropical rainforest.
GOVERNMENT
Socialist republic since 1980. Gained independence from France in 1954. Head of State: Chairman TrĂ¢n Duc Luong since 1997. Head of Government: Prime Minister Phan Van Khai since 1997.
LANGUAGE
Vietnamese is the official language. English, French, Chinese and occasionally Russian and German are spoken.
RELIGION
Buddhist majority. There are Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Caodaist and Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) minorities.
STANDARD TIME
GMT + 7.
ELECTRICITY
220 volts AC, 50Hz.

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