Fascinating Facts about Vietnam

Vietnam is a country located in Southeast China. Its official name is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The country has a population of 92,700,000, which makes it the 14th largest country in the world by population. In terms of area, the country is 128,455 square miles and is the 65th largest country in the world by area. The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. The largest city in the country is Ho Chi Minh City. The official and national language is Vietnamese. Over 86% of people who live in Vietnam are Vietnamese. Its government is Marxist-Lininist one-party socialist republic with a president and prime minister. The official currency is the Vietnamese Dong. The country's flag is red with a yellow star featured prominently in the center.

Vietnam Facts

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The GDP of Vietnam is $193.6 billion.
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The country's nominal GDP per capita is $2,111.
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Motorbikes are very popular in Vietman. In 2013, there were 37 million registered motorbikes, compared to just two million registered cars.
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Many people opt to not own a car because it is reserved for those who are very wealthy. Vehicle taxes are between 100% and 200%, making motorbikes and other modes of transportation far more affordable for the average citizen.
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Vietnam is the world's second largest producer of coffee, with only Brazil producing more.
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Thirty-seven percent of the world's cashews come from Vietnam. The country is the largest producer of the nut in the world.
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Nguyen is the most common family name in Vietnam.
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While some western countries prefer a tanned look, having a tan in Vietnam signifies a laborer that works outdoors. Pale skin is preferred in this country. In addition to covering up while in the sun, some residents also invest in skin lightening products.
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Potbelly pigs are a common pet kept in Vietnam.
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Vietnamese uses the traditional Latin alphabet.
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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open to the public for nine months so that visitors can view his body.
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Sepak takraw is a traditional sport in the country. It is similar to volleyball, only players use their feet to kick the ball.
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The Vietnamese pagoda is a place of worship. The Vietname den, or temple, is a monument that is constructed to honor great figures of the past.
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Vietnam's name was originally two words: Viet Nam.
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The star on the country's flag has deep meaning. Each point represents something different: farmers, intellectuals, youth, workers, and soldiers.
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Tet Nguyen Dan is Vietnam's equivalent of the Lunar New Year, and a huge festival is held to celebrate.
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Many different forms of art are created in Vietnam, but one that is truly unique is water puppetry, which dates back to the 11th Century.
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The world's largest cave, Son Doong, is located in this country.
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Snake wine is a common drink that is said to provide health and vitality to the person drinking it.
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The Forbidden Purple City is a palace that was only able to be accessed by the royal family and their servants. As the name suggests, it was forbidden to everyone else.
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Almost three-quarters of the population practice folk religions or are not religious.
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Approximately 86% of the country's residents are Vietnamese. There are over 50 other minority groups that reside in Vietnam.
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Vietnam is the 46th most densely populated country in the world.
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The highest point in the country is Fan Si Pan, which reaches a height of 10,315 feet.
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Vietnam has a 94.5% literacy rate, one of the highest in the world.
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Visitors to the country can get a temporary residence card in place of a Visa. This process is much quicker, easier, and cheaper for many visitors.
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Vietnam's unemployment rate is one of the lowest among all developing countries.
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Vietnam's Ha Long Bay has been named one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.
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The Vietnam War was one of the longest in the world's history, lasting from 1954 to 1975.
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The Vietnam War cost a lot of money AND human lives. The war cost about $200 billion, and over a million soldiers and two million civilians died because of it.
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Vietnam has a communist government.
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At its narrowest point, the country is just 25 miles wide.
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Vietnam is the second largest producer of rice in the entire world.
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Many exotic animals call Vietnam home, including elephants, rhinos, and tigers.
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The country is very biodiverse, with approximately 16% of animal species living there.
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Vietnamese food incorporates the five elements.
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When cooking, many fresh ingredients are used, including seafood, fruit, and fresh herbs. Vietnamese food is some of the healthiest food that you can eat.
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The most popular sport in the country is football, or what Americans call soccer. Other popular sports include volleyball, tennis, and table tennis.
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Vietnam has many cultural symbols, including the Vietnamese dragon, the turtle, and the horse.
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Japan briefly took control of Vietnam during World War II.
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The Mekong River and the Red River run through delta plains that are very fertile and ideal for growing the country's top crops, including rice.
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Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam as an independent country in 1945 after it was controlled by France.
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The country is the world's largest exporter of black pepper.
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The largest city is Ho Chi Minh City, which has a population of over 8 million.
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The Vietnamese people live their lives around core values that include family, harmony, humanity, and community.
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Exes can meet during Vietnam's love market festival. This festival is held to honor a forbidden love story and provides exes with the chance to meet up on neutral ground.
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Vietnam has many rice terraces, which allow the staple crop to be grown along steep mountains.
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Rice is the country's most popular food, while pho (or noodles) comes in a close second.
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Researchers try to find antidotes for snake venom at the Dong Tam Snake Farm.
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Gongs are used in place of bells to alert children on when school is in session.

Vietnam is a city that is rich with culture that can be seen in everything from its historic landmarks to its architecture to the art of its people. This city has core values that keep them committed to their families and communities, while also being warm and friendly to visitors. This country is also one of the world's most biodiverse and features some of the world's most interesting and beautiful animals scattered across stunning landscapes. Combined, these things make Vietnam an impressive place to live or visit.

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