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The Chinese objected to this new name because it was the same as an ancient state that had rebelled against Chinese rule. Vietnamese officials resented the change and it did not attain public acceptance until the late 1800s.The story of the origin of Vietnam's name captures several prominent themes that have run throughout the nation's history.Hanoi, the site of the former capital of one of the country's earliest dynasties, has been the capital of the unified Vietnam since 1976.Vietnam contains a wide-variety of agro-economic zones.The country's birth rate, estimated to increase at 1.37 percent per year, has led to rapid population growth since the 1980s with approximately 34 percent of the population under 14 years of age. Vietnamese is the dominant language, spoken by an estimated 86.7 percent of the population.It is a tonal Mon-Khmer language with strong Chinese lexical influences.During the twentieth century the country's elite have mastered a variety of second languages, such as French, Russian, and English, with the latter being the most commonly learned second language today.
Dialectical differences often serve as important symbols of regional identity in social life.
The river deltas of Vietnam's two great rivers, the Red River in the north and the Mekong in the south, dominate those two regions.