331,114 square kilometres (127,844 square miles).
78,059,000 (Government estimate as of 1998).
Density: 235.7 per square kilometre.
City: Hanoi. Population:
: 3,734,000 (UN estimation, 2000).
Vietnam shares borders to the north with China and to the west with
Cambodia and Laos. The South China Sea is to the east and south.
The land is primarily agricultural with a central tropical rainforest.
republic ( as of 1980). Acquired independence from France in 1954.
Head of State: Chairman Trân Duc
Luong (in office since 1997).
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Phan Van Khai (in office since 1997).
: The official language is Vietnamese. French, English, Chinese,
Russian and German are also spoken on occasion.
Buddhist majority. There is also a mix of Confucian, Taoist, Caodaist,
Hoa Hao, and Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) minorities.
Time: GMT +7.
Electricity: 220/110 volts AC,
50Hz; plugs are predominantly flat pinned.