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Vietnam Facts & Figures

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Total area: 329,560 sq km (127,244 sq mi)
Population (2009 est.): 86,967,524
Capital (2003 est.): Hanoi - 2,543,700 (metro. area)
Largest cities: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) - 5,894,100 (metro. area); Haiphong - 581,600; Da Nang - 452,700; Hué - 271,900; Nha Trang - 270,100; Qui Nho'n - 199,700
Currency: Dong
Languages: Vietnamese (official); English is popular as a second language; some French, Chinese, Khmer and Russian
Religions: Mostly Buddhist, some Catholic, Taoist, Confucian, Hoa Hao, Cao Dai, Protestant and Islam
Time zone: GMT+7; DST is not observed
Electricity: AC 220V/50Hz or 110V/50Hz; Europlugs with two round pins, American plugs with two flat blades or in some hotels the British plugs with three square pins are used

Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
photo by David McKelvey
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia occupying the eastern and southern part of the Indochinese peninsula and having the South China Sea along its entire east coast. The country's shape resembles the letter "S", it's long and narrow, going north-south. Vietnam borders China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to the southwest.

Vietnam is a very populous country, ranking number 13 in the world. 40% of the country area is dominated by mountains, with the highest point Phan Xi Păng, at 3,143 m (10,312 ft). Smaller hills account for another 40%, which leaves the area of the level land of only about 20%.

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