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  Canada Vietnam Finland
Extent of the region 9,970,610 sq. Km 329,560 sq. Km 337,030 sq. Km
Population
(July 2004 est.)
32,507,874 82,689,518 5,214,512
Population Density (per km2) 3 245 15
Provinces 10 58 6
Territories 3 3 -
Life expectancy men: 76.59 years
women: 83.5 years
men: 67.86 years
women: 73.02 years
men: 74.73 years
women: 81.89 years
Population growth rate 0.92% 1.3% 0.18%
Birth rate 10.91 births/1,000 population 19.58 births/1,000 population 10.56 births/1,000 population
Death rate 7.67 deaths/1,000 population 6.14 deaths/1,000 population 9.69 deaths/1,000 population
Human Development Index Ranking (2004) 4th 112th 13th
Ethnic groups British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26% Vietnamese 85-90%, Chinese, Hmong, Thai, Khmer, Cham, mountain groups Finn 93.%, Swede 6%, Sami 0.11%, Roma 0.12%, Tatar 0.02%
Total fertility rate 1.61 children born/woman 2.22 children born/woman 1.73 children born/woman
Infant mortality rate 4.82 deaths/1,000 live births 29.88 deaths/1,000 live births 3.59 deaths/1,000 live births
Purchasing Power Parity ($US) $29,700 $2,500 $27,300
Languages English 59.3% (official), French 23.2% (official), other 17.5% Vietnamese (offical), English (favoured second language), French, Chinese and Khmer Finnish 93.4% (official), Swedish 5.9% (official), small Sami and Russian speaking minorities
Religions Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 40%, other 18% Buddhist, Hoa Hoa, Cao Dai, Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) Evangelical Lutheran 89%, Russian Orthodox 1%, None 9%, other 1%
Education Compulsory until 16 years Compulsory until 9 years Compulsory until 16 years
Literacy 99% 94% 99%
Form of government Confederation with parliamentary democracy Communist State Republic
Inflation 2.8% 3.9% 1.1%
Unemployment 7.7% 25% (1995 est.) 9.2%
Number of work force 16.4 million 38.2 million 2.6 million
Climate 4 seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) Tropical in south; hot rainy season, warm dry season Cold temperate

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