Vietnam’s population hits 90 million

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vietnam peopleWith almost 90 million people, Vietnam has become the 13th most populous country in the world and 3rd most populous in Southeast Asia, officials in Hanoi said on September 24.

Although the population growth rate decreased to an increase of just one million annually in recent years, the population density was quite large, up to 267 people per one square kilometer, adding Vietnam to the group of countries with the world’s highest population density.

In addition, the gender imbalance at birth is still a big issue. Hung Yen province in northern Vietnam has the highest gender imbalance ratio at birth of 130.7 boys/100 girls. The desire to have a son to “worship the ancestors and take care of the parents” is still quite common in Vietnamese families.

According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Cu, from the Institute of Population and Social Affairs, the percentage of pregnant women who know the sex of the fetus before birth in 2012 increased to more than 81 per cent. The Population Ordinance bans prenatal sex selection but the ratio of gender imbalance at birth increased steadily. Thus, violations of the regulations on gender issues were quite common.

Eduction has, however, to catch up. The rate of people who can read and write high is high but the training level is low. Less than 15 per cent of the population (aged 15 and over) are technically trained. Hence, the Ministry of Health has established the Population Law Drafting Committee to amend a number of issues, such as donation, selling of sperm, eggs, embryos, surrogate pregnancy, consultancy services of sex selection at birth, sex selection, etc.

According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Cu, the Population Law should be adjusted in the direction of tightening the regulations on abortion and the conditions for abortion.

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With almost 90 million people, Vietnam has become the 13th most populous country in the world and 3rd most populous in Southeast Asia, officials in Hanoi said on September 24.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

vietnam peopleWith almost 90 million people, Vietnam has become the 13th most populous country in the world and 3rd most populous in Southeast Asia, officials in Hanoi said on September 24.

Although the population growth rate decreased to an increase of just one million annually in recent years, the population density was quite large, up to 267 people per one square kilometer, adding Vietnam to the group of countries with the world’s highest population density.

In addition, the gender imbalance at birth is still a big issue. Hung Yen province in northern Vietnam has the highest gender imbalance ratio at birth of 130.7 boys/100 girls. The desire to have a son to “worship the ancestors and take care of the parents” is still quite common in Vietnamese families.

According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Cu, from the Institute of Population and Social Affairs, the percentage of pregnant women who know the sex of the fetus before birth in 2012 increased to more than 81 per cent. The Population Ordinance bans prenatal sex selection but the ratio of gender imbalance at birth increased steadily. Thus, violations of the regulations on gender issues were quite common.

Eduction has, however, to catch up. The rate of people who can read and write high is high but the training level is low. Less than 15 per cent of the population (aged 15 and over) are technically trained. Hence, the Ministry of Health has established the Population Law Drafting Committee to amend a number of issues, such as donation, selling of sperm, eggs, embryos, surrogate pregnancy, consultancy services of sex selection at birth, sex selection, etc.

According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Cu, the Population Law should be adjusted in the direction of tightening the regulations on abortion and the conditions for abortion.

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