Vietnam

Settled by Annamite Mongoloid nomads 2000 BCE; Chinese control at various times through 15th century; divided North and South by wall 1613, reunified 1802; French control of some territory 19th-20th centuries; divided North and South 1954, Communist North battled USA-backed South 1960s-1975; official language is Vietnamese, though French, Chinese, English, Khmer, and tribal languages are also spoken.

Quick Facts on Vietnam

Go Historic ID
36791
Names
Vietnam
Location
Population
102,789,598 (#16 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
Ethnic Groups
Kinh (Viet) 85.7%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.8%, Muong 1.5%, Khmer 1.5%, Mong 1.2%, Nung 1.1%, Hoa 1%, other 4.3% (2009 est.)
Religions
Buddhist 7.9%, Catholic 6.6%, Hoa Hao 1.7%, Cao Dai 0.9%, Protestant 0.9%, Muslim 0.1%, none 81.8% (2009 est.)