The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is located in southeastern Asia, bordering China, Laos, and Cambodia, with an area of 127,880 square miles (331,210 square kilometers). As of July 2012, Vietnam had an estimated population of 91,519,289. Just over 14 percent of the population in 2009 was comprised of non-Kinh (Viet) ethnic minority groups, with the Tay (1.9 percent), Thai (1.8 percent), Muong (1.5 percent), and Khmer (1.5 percent) making up the largest groups. Less than 20 percent of the population espoused a religious affiliation according to the government census in 2009, including Buddhists (9.3 percent), Catholics (6.7 percent), and Hoa Hao (1.5 percent). With the introduction of the Doi Moi (Renovation) economic reform in 1986, Vietnam achieved a rapid and sustained economic development with around ...

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