FAST FACTS

CONTINENT: Asia                                                             

OFFICIAL NAME: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Socialist republic             

CAPITAL: Hanoi

POPULATION: 94,104,871                                              

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Vietnamese

MONEY: Dong                                                                    

AREA: 127,123 square miles (329,247 square kilometers)

MAJOR MOUNTAIN RANGE: Annam Cordillera         

MAJOR RIVERS: Mekong, Red, Ma, Perfume

TIME ZONE: GMT +7 Hours                                           

INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODE: +84

GEOGRAPHY

Vietnam is a long, narrow nation shaped like the letter s. It is in Southeast Asia on the eastern edge of the peninsula known as Indochina. Its neighbors include China to the north and Laos and Cambodia to the west. The South China Sea lies to the east and south. The mountains of the Annam Cordillera rise over most of the western side of Vietnam, while a thousand-mile (1,600-kilometer) coastline dominates the east.

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