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.
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.
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.