Vietnamese Culture

Naming

  • In Vietnam, the surname comes before the first name (e.g. NGUYEN Van Nam). However, some Vietnamese will write their personal name first (e.g. Van Nam NGUYEN).
  • People are addressed by their first name, but a title is usually added that indicates the status relationship the person has to the one they are talking to. These titles usually have familial connotations, such as ‘uncle’, ‘aunt’ instead of professional meanings.
  • Vietnamese first names are often gender neutral and can be used for both men and women. They may also reflect a certain meaning.
  • Many Vietnamese living in Australia adopt Western names.
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Vietnam
  • Population
    95,261,021
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Tiếng Việt (official)
    English
    French
    Mandarin
    Cantonese
    Khmer
    Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian
  • Religion
    No Religion or Traditional Folk Religions (81.8%)
    Buddhism (7.9%)
    Christianity (7.4%)
    Hoahaoism (1.6%)
    Caodaism (0.9%)
    Other (0.2%)
    [Census, 2009]
    Note: The United Nations and polling organisations believe these statistics from the 2009 Vietnamese census do not accurately reflect the spiritual landscape of Vietnam.
  • Ethnicity
    Kinh [Viet] (85.7%)
    Tay (1.9%)
    Thai (1.8%)
    Muong (1.5%)
    Khmer (1.5%)
    Mong (1.2%)
    Nung (1.1%)
    Hoa (1.0%)
    Other (4.3%)
    [Census, 2009]
    Note: 54 ethnic groups are recognised by the Vietnamese Government.
  • Cultural Dimensions
    70
    20
    40
    30
    57
    35
  • Australians with Vietnamese Ancestry
    294,798 [Census, 2016]
Vietnamese in Australia
  • Population
    219,355
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Vietnam.
  • Median Age
    45 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (44.7%)
    Female (55.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Buddhism (47.3%)
    No Religion (24.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (20.2%)
    Other Religion (3.8%)
    Not Stated (3.9%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Vietnamese (75.8%)
    Chinese (19.5%)
    English (2.1%)
    Australian (1.3%)
    Other Ancestry (1.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Vietnamese (82.7%)
    Cantonese (10.2%)
    English (3.9%)
    Mandarin (1.0%)
    Other Language (1.4%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 58.0% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (38.4%)
    Victoria (36.8%)
    Queensland (8.9%)
    Western Australia (7.2%)
    Other (8.2%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival
    Prior to 2007 (71.0%)
    2007 - 2011 (11.4%)
    2012 - 2016 (13.8%)
    [Census, 2016]
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