Long An Province

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Long An Province
Tỉnh Long An
Province
Location of Long An within Vietnam
Location of Long An within Vietnam
Coordinates: 10°40′N 106°10′E / 10.667°N 106.167°E / 10.667; 106.167Coordinates: 10°40′N 106°10′E / 10.667°N 106.167°E / 10.667; 106.167
Country  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Tân An
Government
 • People's Council Chair Trương Văn Tiếp
 • People's Committee Chair Dương Quốc Xuân
Area[1]
 • Total 4,495.5 km2 (1,735.7 sq mi)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 1,477,300
 • Density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Ethnicities Vietnamese, others
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Calling code 72
ISO 3166 code VN-41
Website eng.longan.gov.vn

Long An (About this sound listen) is a province in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. The provincial capital is Tân An, other major cities include Bến Lức, Đức Hòa and Mộc Hóa. There are 13 districts within the province.[2]

Under the Khmer Empire, before the Vietnamese annexation of the region, the province was known as ឈ្មោះថ្មី, Chmu Thmey ("New Name") or កំពង់គោ, Kompong Kô ("Cow Shore").

Geography[edit]

Long An is situated in an advantageous position in the Southern Key Economic Region of Vietnam. It serves as a bridge between Ho Chi Minh City in the north and 12 provinces in the Mekong Delta in the south. The province also has Cambodia to its west and the East Sea (South China Sea) to its east.

Long An is a low-lying coastal region, therefore some areas of it are subject to flooding during the rainy seasons - this period lasts from the beginning of August until November.

The province has numerous rivers, two of the main ones are the Vàm Cỏ Đông and Vàm Cỏ Tay, these rivers connect with the Tiền to form a larger river system. Another important river in the region is the Soài Rạp.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Long An is subdivided into 15 district-level sub-divisions:

  • 13 districts:

They are further subdivided into 14 commune-level towns (or townlets), 166 communes, and 12 wards.

Climate change concerns[edit]

Being a low-lying coastal region, Long An is particularly susceptible to floods resulting from rises in sea level due to climate change. The Climate Change Research Institute at Can Tho University (Trường Đại học Cần Thơ), in studying the possible consequences of climate change, has predicted that 49% of Long An province is expected to be flooded if sea levels rise by 1 meter.[3]

University[edit]

Long An is home to two large universities:

  1. Long An University of Economics and Industry (Trường Đại Học Kinh Tế Công Nghiệp Long An)
  2. Tan Tao University (Trường Đại Học Tân Tạo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Statistical Handbook of Vietnam 2014, General Statistics Office Of Vietnam
  2. ^ Long An Government
  3. ^ Mekong Delta: more flood and drought. VietnamNet Bridge. March 19, 2009.

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