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Geography

Area: 331 114 km2 Continental shelf: 1,000,000 km2 Population of over 87 million inhabitants in 2009 Terrestrial Coordinates: 102º10' -109º30 ' east longitude 8 º 30' -23 º 22' north latitude.

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The history of Vietnam

The history of Vietnam

Annals of Vietnam history Vietnam's history is very long and endured by many conflicts and wars that have prevented its development and image among Entire countries worldwide. Today, Vietnam is unified and independent stably develops after the full opening in 2007 - official membership in the WTO.

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The current political system

The current political system

Vietnam is officially a "Socialist Republic" whose political system is defined by the 1992 Constitution, amended in 2001. Only one party is allowed, the Vietnamese Communist Party that controls all the political institutions of the country. Article 4 of the Constitution states: "The Communist Party of Vietnam, the vanguard detachment of the working class, the faithful representative of the interests of the working class, the working people and the whole nation, a follower of Marxism-Leninism and the thought of Ho Chi Minh, is the leading force of the state and society"

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The worship of ancestors

The worship of ancestors

Ancestor worship: it is the oldest religious practice in Vietnam, prior to Buddhism and Confucianism. Vietnamese believe that the souls of their parents survive after death and they protect their descendants.

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Buddhism

Buddhism

Vietnamese Buddhism: by far the largest religion in Vietnam. Its origins date back to the second century AD, when it was introduced in Vietnam. Despite their pacifism and their hostility to the government of the day, many monks were arrested and deported to camps "rehabilitation" after the Communist victory in 1975. Several monks are still locked nowadays. Repression continues, even if it has softened since the country opened in 1992

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Taoïsm

Taoïsm

Lao Tzu, Tao and Taoist religion before religion, Taoism is primarily a very good lesson in Eastern wisdom developed by a Chinese named Lao-tzu, who lived in the sixth century BCE. Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way and Virtue is the Bible of Taoism

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