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Vietnam (UK: /ˌvjɛtˈnæm, -ˈnɑːm/, US: /ˌvətˈnɑːm, -ˈnæm/; [vîət nāːm]), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam ( ), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants , it is the world's 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country. Vietnam is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976, with Ho Chi Minh City as a historical city as well.

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Vietnam's name translates to "People of the South," referring to the fact that Vietnam is south of China. Vietnamese people originally came from a mix of Chinese and Mong peoples.

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