Vietnam is located in the East of the Indochina Peninsula, with the total area of 330,957.6 km2. It shares borders with the Republic People of China in the North, Lao P.D.R and Kingdom of Cambodia in the West, the East Sea in the East, and the Pacific Ocean in the East and South.
Vietnam has 63 provinces and cities under direct authority of the central level divided by 6 economic regions.
Vietnam has an average population of 87.840 million people in 2011.
In recent years, Vietnam has achieved quite high and stable economic growth rate. Annual average GDP growth rate for the period from 2006 to 2010 stood at 7%. GDP per capita in 2011 reached 22.86 million VND, equivalent to 1,375 $US. In 2010, GDP per capita stood at 1169 $US, with this level of GDP per capita, Vietnam has become a low middle-income country. Together with economic development, the Vietnamese government has paid special attention to and given priority to resources for poverty reduction and social development. Vietnam has obtained significant accomplishments in poverty reduction, creation of job opportunity, health care for people, particularly for children and women, and gender equality, etc. As of 2010, Vietnam achieved almost the MDGs committed to the international community.
Article 141 of the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stipulates:
The National Flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is rectangular in shape, its width is equal to two thirds of its length, in the middle of fresh red background is a bright five-pointed golden star.
Article 142 of the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stipulates:
The national emblem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is circular in shape; in the middle of a red background is a five-pointed golden star framed by rice ears below which is half a cogwheel and the inscription: Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Article 143 of the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stipulates: The national anthem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is the music and words of the song Tiến quân ca (March to the Front) composed by musician Văn Cao.
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Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and A guide to Vietnam statistical system (GSO of Vietnam)