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The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a sovereign and reunified
independent country, has a high percentage of territorial
waters. Looking at the map, Vietnam is located in the
center of the Southeast Asia, and is shaped like the
letter "S". The country lies in the eastern
part of the Indochina peninsula, bordered by China to
the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, and the East
Sea and Pacific Ocean to the southeast. Vietnam's coast
line is 3,260 km long and its inland border measures
The country's total length, from the northernmost point
to the southernmost point, is 1,650 km.
Its width, stretching from east to west, is 600 km at
the widest point in the north, 400 km in the south,
and 50 km at the narrowest part in the Quang Binh province
on the central coast. Vietnam is also a transport junction
from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone.
It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but
has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall,
and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics
and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate
The annual average temperature ranges from 22?C to 27?C.
In Hanoi, the average temperature is 23?C, in Ho Chi
Minh City it is 26?C, and in Hue it is 25?C.
There are two distinguishable seasons. The cold season
occurs from November to April and the hot season from
May to October. The difference in temperature between
the two seasons in southern Vietnam is almost unnoticeable,
averaging 3?C. The most noticeable variations are found
in the northern provinces where differences of 12?C
have been observed. There are essentially four distinct
seasons, which are most evident in the northern provinces.
The major religious traditions in Vietnam are Buddhism
(which fuses forms of Taoism and Confusianism), Christianity
(Catholicism and Protestantism), Islam, Cao Daism and
the Hoa Hao sect.
was first introduced to Vietnam in the 4th century B.C.,
and reached its peak in the Ly dynasty (11th century).
It was then regarded as the official religion dominating
court affairs. Buddhism was preached broadly among the
population and it enjoyed a profound influence on people's
daily life. Its influence also left marks in various
areas of traditional literature and architecture. As
such, many pagodas and temples were built during this
At the end of the 14th century, Buddhism began to show
signs of decline. The ideological influence of Buddhism,
however, remained very strong in social and cultural
life. Presenty, over 70 percent of the population of
Vietnam are either Buddhist or strongly influenced by
was introduced to Vietnam in the 17th century. At present
the most densely-populated Catholic areas are Bui Chu-Phat
Diem in the northern province of Ninh Binh and Ho Nai-Bien
Hoa in Dong Nai province to the South. About 10 percent
of the population are considered Catholic.
Protestantism was introduced to Vietnam at about the
same time as Catholicism. Protestantism, however, remains
an obscure religion. At present most Protestants live
in the Central Highlands. There still remains a Protestant
church on Hang Da Street in Hanoi. The number of Protestants
living in Vietnam is estimated at 400,000.
Islamic followers in Vietnam are primarily from
the Cham ethnic minority group living in the central
part of the central coast. The number of Islamic followers
in Vietnam totals about 50,000.
Caodaism was first introduced to the country in 1926.
Settlements of the Cao Dai followers in South Vietnam
are located near the the Church in Tay Ninh. The number
of followers of this sect is estimated at 2 million.
People and Culture
Vietnamese nation was primarily influenced through a
process of anthropological cross-pollination between
ancient Chinese and Indian cultures.
As far as anthropology is concerned, the Vietnamese
people have their origin in the Mongoloid race, which
is scattered throughout northern and eastern Asia.
present, there are about 54 Ethnic minority groups inhabiting
Vietnam.The Kinh (or Viet) people account for nearly
90 percent of Vietnam's total population. Major ethnic
minority groups include the Tay, Thai, Muong, H'Mong,
Dao, and Khmer. Each ethnic group has developed its
own language and cultural identity, thus making the
Vietnamese culture a well blended combination of different
cultures.The Viet language is recognized, however, as
the official language and serves as a universal means
of communication for all inhabitants of Vietnam. In
the historical course of national development, all ethnic
groups have been closely attached, sharing in the fight
against foreign invaders, defending the country's territory,
and gaining the right to national independence and self
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