Living in Vietnam guide

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Our selection of articles for expatriation in Vietnam

Opening a bank account in Vietnam

If you have decided to settle in Vietnam, in order to facilitate transactions with ease you will want to open a bank account. As ...

The healthcare system in Vietnam

You are strongly advised to subscribe to an international health insurance before moving to Vietnam. Furthermore, it is important ...

The Vietnamese labour market

The Vietnamese labour market is not always particularly open to foreigners; however, it is possible for an expatriate to find a ...

Working in Vietnam

To be allowed to work in Vietnam for up to three months, it is important for an expatriate to obtain a professional or a business ...

Working in Nha Trang

The city of Nha Trang, located in the province of Khanh Hoa, predominantly thrives off tourism. In recent times the Vietnamese ...

Working in Da Nang

The primary industrial products in Da Nang are varied, comprising of seafood, textiles, footwear, engineering, building ...

Working in Hue

Located around halfway down the length of Vietnam, Hue is full of natural resources and work opportunities. Jobs in this central ...

Working in Hoi An

With its unique location and slower pace of life, it's no wonder the charming town of Hoi An is an increasingly desirable ...

Work in Hai Phong

Might you be looking for a job in Hai Phong? The northern city offers a number of job opportunities in various sectors.

Internships in Vietnam

Interning can be a wonderful eye-opening way to experience a new country, culture, and work climate in your profession of choice ...

Setting up a business in Vietnam

If you want to set up a business in Vietnam, it is fundamental that you learn about the legislation regarding foreign investment ...

Working in Vietnam as a digital nomad

Vietnam is emerging as a new popular destination for digital nomads and downshifters. As the prices in most Asian countries are ...

Accommodation in Vietnam

Upon moving to Vietnam, finding housing will be one of your top priorities. You must first identify the city or area where you ...

Accommodation in Nha Trang

The city of Nha Trang has seen a rise in the development of various types of accommodation in recent years. Are you thinking of ...

Accommodation in Da Nang

Da Nang's real estate market has known an accelerated growth over the past few years. Many expatriates have seized the ...

About Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, most commonly known as Vietnam, is a South-East Asian country that stretches over some 331,041 km². It is bordered by Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and the East Sea. The capital of Vietnam, located in the North, is Hanoi (locally known as Hà Nội).

Demography of Vietnam

Vietnam has a relatively dense population of more than 95 million inhabitants en 2017. The official language is Vietnamese; however, some fifty other languages are spoken by different groups across the country, including Mandarin, Khmer, English, and French.

Economy of Vietnam

Vietnam's economy is based predominantly on agriculture, especially rice cultivation. The economy also benefits from exports, tourism, petroleum products, and mineral resources. The country's main export partners are China, Japan, and the United States. The growth rate in 2018 was just over 7%. Vietnam is a member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Politics in Vietnam

Vietnam is a socialist republic. The country is governed by the Vietnamese National Assembly which is elected every five years by indirect suffrage.

Climate of Vietnam

Vietnam has a tropical climate in the South and a more humid subtropical climate in the North. Some areas regularly experience monsoons whilst others have a drier climate. The dry season lasts from November to April in the South and from February to August in the centre of the country. The wet season lasts from May to October in the South and from September to January in the centre. Temperatures vary between 17°C in December and January, to a hot 37°C in April.

Religion in Vietnam

Interestingly, Vietnamese people do not typically subscribe to one single religion. Considering the country's history, and being influenced by its neighbouring lands, Vietnamese beliefs and practices are informed by three primary religions, namely Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. This trinity is often referred to as the Triple Religion or Tam Giáo.

In certain regions a small minority practise Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

Regardless of one's beliefs, Vietnam officially declares itself as an atheist state.

Culture in Vietnam

Due to its millennium of Chinese rule, Vietnam was strongly influenced in terms of culture, practices, and politics. The French colonial period saw an adoption of the Latin alphabet, as well as some other influences such as architecture and cuisine.

Some elements that are considered true characteristics of Vietnamese culture are the worship of ancestors, utmost respect and devotion to study, and the practice of manual labour. There is a cultural emphasis on both village/clan (over family) and country. Traditional weddings are incredibly important, take place on Sundays, and it is expected that you marry at a young age. Marriages used to be arranged but this is no longer practised.

Quick Information

Capital : Hanoi
Official Languages : Vietnamese , English , French , Chinese , Central Khmer
Currency : Dong
Area : 329560 Km2
Population : 89571130
Calling Code : +84
Timezone : Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh

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