Key Stats

Capital: Hanoi

Population: 96.1 million

Average life expectancy: 74 years

Literacy rate: 95%

Population living below poverty line: 11%

Population without electricity: 2.6 million

Population without access to safe drinking water: 2.3 million

Most widely spoken language: Khmer

Source: The World Factbook

About Vietnam

Vietnam is located in southeastern Asia, near China, Laos, and Cambodia. In recent years, the economy there has grown steadily, while the country has made strides in developing its infrastructure. Poverty and gender inequalities nevertheless persist, particularly among the country's ethnic minorities. Traditional craft includes basket and textile weaving, painting, ceramic, and needlework.