What is the main religion of Vietnam?
Buddhism is the largest of the major world religions in Vietnam, with about ten million followers. It was the earliest foreign religion to be introduced in Vietnam, arriving from India in the second century A.D. in two ways, the Mahayana sect via China, and the Hinayana sect via Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
Is Vietnam a poor country?
Vietnam is now defined as a lower middle income country by the World Bank. Of the total Vietnamese population of 88 million people (2010), 13 million people still live in poverty and many others remain near poor. Poverty reduction is slowing down and inequality increasing with persistent deep pockets of poverty.
Is religion banned in Vietnam?
While the Constitution of Vietnam officially provides for freedom of religion, in practice the government imposes a range of legislation restricting religious practice, such as registration requirements, control boards, and surveillance. All religious groups must seek approval and register with the government.