Vietnam Country File

Understand the basics of Vietnam's geography, history, economy and politics at a glance...

Located in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a total land area of over 310,000 sq Km with almost 3,500 Km of coastline, which provides opportunities for economic development, trade and tourism.

Vietnam has a population of over 90 million people made up of 54 ethnic groups, the largest of which is the Kinh (Viet) people. The official language of the country is Vietnamese although English, French and Chinese are also used. The different ethnic groups also have their own distinct dialects which are used in their daily lives. The Latin alphabet was introduced by the French during the colonisation and is still in use today.

The main religions in Vietnam include Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Roman Catholicism.