Vietnam covers the entire eastern seacoast of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula. Ethnic Vietnamese (Kinh) make up 86% of the total population of over 89 million and dominate the cultural and political landscape of Vietnam. Vietnamís HDI ranks it as 116 out of 182 countries. The infant mortality rate is 23.61 deaths per 1000 live births.
There are 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam the largest is the Han Chinese (approx 2.3 million) who have been important in the Vietnamese economy in areas such as rice trading, milling, banking and real estate in the south and mining, shopkeeping and stevedoring in the north.
The ethnic Vietnamese occupy the lowlands whereas the second-largest ethnic minority group, the Montagnards, live in the central highland and can be subdivided into two main ethnolinguistic groups.
The Khmer Krom (Cambodians) is the third-largest minority, numbering approximately 600,000. Not surprisingly they live near the Cambodian border and at the mouth of the Mekong River.
In order the main religions of Vietnam are Buddhist, Roman Catholic Hoa Hao, and Cao Dai.
When we think of Vietnamís handicrafts, lacquer ware comes immediately to mind. Vietnamís lacquer ware artisans are known through the world for their high quality products including vases, boxes, jewellery, and interior decorating items.
With 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam is also home to a rich handicraft history with a large variety of products outside of lacquer ware, including woven tapestries and brocade handbags from the ethnic women living in the Northwest regions, embroidered articles and silk products from regions of Van Phuc, Nam Ha, Thai Binh and Hue, wool tapestries from Hanoi and Haiphong, jute tapestries from Hung Yen and Hanoi, copperware from Ngu Ex, Dai Bai and Dong Son and jewellery from Hanoi, Thai Binh and Hung Yen. Vietnamís handicrafts have been produced by artisans for so long and are so varied that the names of many villages, hamlets and city streets have become synonymous with particular handicrafts.
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