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After 30 years, Vietnam's fertility rate drops by nearly half

Over the past 30 years, Vietnam's fertility rate has fallen dramatically. The total fertility rate (TFR) fell from 3.8 children/woman in 1989 to 2.09 children/woman in 2019.




Vietnam has maintained a stable fertility rate at replacement level for more than a decade. Having two children is still common in the country.

This result has shown that Vietnam has successfully implemented the population family planning program with the goal of reducing fertility.

Currently, fertility in rural areas is higher than that of urban areas and higher than replacement fertility, with TFRs of 2.26 children/woman in 1989 and 1.83 children/woman in 2019.

The northern midland and mountainous areas and the Central Highlands have the highest fertility rates in the country, with 2.43 children/woman.

The Southeast and the Mekong River Delta have the lowest fertility rates in the country, with 1.56 children/woman and 1.8 children/woman, respectively.

The sex ratio at birth (SRB) in 2019 was 111.5 boys/100 girls, showing that the sex imbalance ratio at birth is very high.

The SRB started to increase in Vietnam around 2004, reaching 112 boys per 100 girls after 2010 and has leveled off since then.

This information was released at a recent conference to announce the results of in-depth studies of the 2019 Population and Housing Census organized by the General Statistics Office in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam.

Collection of sketches of National Emblem recognized as national treasure

A collection of sketches of Vietnam's National Emblem by painter Bui Trang Chuoc has been recognized by the Prime Minister as a national treasure in 2021.

This collection was created during 1953-1955. It is now preserved at the National Center for Archives.

The artist drew 112 sketches by pencil. Of these, 15 samples were selected by the Central Committee of Fine Arts to submit to the Ministry of Propaganda, and then to the Prime Minister in October 1954. One of these samples was then selected for editing to become the official national emblem of Vietnam.

APG submarine fiber optic cable to be fixed in February 2022

The incident that occurred on the APG cable on December 13 will be fixed from February 2 to 6, 2022. This is the fourth time in the year that the APG cable has encountered problems - on January 9, May 11, October 29, and December 13.

The last incident had a relatively large impact on Internet connections from Vietnam to the rest of the world.

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HCM City considers incentive policies for two-child families

HCM City considers incentive policies for two-child families

With the lowest fertility rate in the country, HCM City is pursuing incentive policies for married couples to have at least two children, including support for social housing and payment of hospital fees to reduce child-raising costs.

Health Ministry proposes reward of up to VND9 million to couples who have second child

Health Ministry proposes reward of up to VND9 million to couples who have second child

People in areas with low fertility rates may receive a reward twice as much as the regions’ minimum wages if they have a second child.


Garden on mountaintop brings VND5 billion a year to Pa Cop village farmer

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Young people invent anti-cheating software for online exams

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Fed rate hike's impact on Vietnamese economy not significant

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Vietnam Blockchain Union officially debuts

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Vietnamese students champion int’l environmental competition

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Prime Minister meets representatives of investment funds, groups in New York

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SEA Games 31: Vietnam bags 88 gold medals as of May 16

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Vietnam to play more active role at UN: PM

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Billionaire list: Tran Dinh Long loses position, new names emerge

The HPG shares of Hoa Phat Group have seen a fall in price to VND35,900 per share, while billionaire Tran Dinh Long fell from the second position on the list of Vietnamese stock billionaires.

Building a national brand for Vietnamese rice

At wet markets, consumers can find varieties of rice stored in bowls and baskets from age-old brands such as Nang Thom Cho Dao, Huong Lai, Tai Nguyen and Bong Su.

National Development Master Plan: confusion due to conflicting legal provisions

The Law on Planning was approved by the National Assembly in 2017 and took effect on January 1, 2019, but after more than three years, the planning work has not been completed. Many problems have arisen and need the National Assembly’s comments.

First Vietnamese woman reaches summit of Mount Everest

Nguyen Thi Thanh Nha, also known as Céline Nha Nguyen, has become the first Vietnamese woman to conquer the summit of Mount Everest.