Vietnamese Wikipedia

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Type of site
Internet encyclopedia project
Available inVietnamese
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
LaunchedNovember 2002; 17 years ago (2002-11)

The Vietnamese Wikipedia (Vietnamese: Wikipedia tiếng Việt) is the Vietnamese-language edition of Wikipedia, a free, publicly editable, online encyclopedia supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. As with other language editions of Wikipedia, the project's content is both created and accessed using the MediaWiki wiki software. The Vietnamese Wikipedia's primary competitor is the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Vietnam (Từ điển Bách khoa toàn thư Việt Nam), a state-funded encyclopedic dictionary also available online.


As of January 2020, it has about 1,238,000 articles.[1] It is the largest Wikipedia in a non-European language, as well as the largest for a language which is official in only one country. However, it has only 375,000 articles manually created, 67% of its articles having been made by bots, and thus ranks 3rd among non-European language Wikipedias after the Japanese and Chinese ones.[2]


The Vietnamese Wikipedia initially went online in November 2002, with a front page and an article about the Internet Society. The project received little attention and did not begin to receive significant contributions until it was "restarted" in October 2003[3] and the newer, Unicode-capable MediaWiki software was installed soon after.

By August 2008, the Vietnamese Wikipedia had grown to more than 50,000 articles – a milestone it achieved on August 26 – approximately 432 of which were created by bots.[4] By the time the project reached the 100,000-article milestone on September 12, 2009, bot-generated articles made up around 5% of its corpus.[5] Short articles are designated "stubs"; such articles number in the tens of thousands and include most of the bot-generated articles.[6]

An experimental Wikipedia edition in the obsolete chữ Nôm script began in October 2006 at the Wikimedia Incubator.[7] It was deleted in April 2010.[8] An unrelated wiki encyclopedia project, VinaWiki, transliterates Vietnamese Wikipedia articles into chữ Nôm as part of a project to revive the script.[9]

The volunteer-led Vietnam Wikimedians User Group supports the development of the Vietnamese Wikipedia and other Vietnamese-language Wikimedia projects. It gained formal recognition as a Wikimedia user group on 28 August 2018.[10]

The Vietnamese Wikipedia's article count reached 500,000 on 28 September 2012 and 1,000,000 on 15 June 2014.


The Vietnamese Wikipedia uses AVIM, a JavaScript-based input method that allows the user to type accented Vietnamese text in popular input methods, such as Telex, VNI and VIQR. (See Vietnamese language and computers.) The preferred input system can be selected using a box under the sidebar.[11]


In 2019 the Vietnamese Wikipedia has 277 thousand unique categories and 36.53% of them do not have appropriate page in the category namespace. The average article in this language version has 6 categories, while number of unique categories per articles ratio is 0.23. The largest number of articles has Technology (66%) and Life (12%) category. In Vietnamese Wikipedia articles related to Sports and Events has the highest average quality. Content about Law is read more often and articles in Organizations category have the highest authors' interest on average.[12]

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  1. ^ "Vietnamese Wikipedia" (in Vietnamese). 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia Statistics - Bot article creations only". Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  3. ^ Zachte, Erik (2008-07-18). "Wikipedia Statistics Vietnamese". Wikimedia Statistics. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
  4. ^ Data compiled using Escaladix's created articles list and a list of bots at the Vietnamese Wikipedia.
  5. ^ "Wikipedia:Robot". Bách khoa toàn thư mở Wikipedia (in Vietnamese). Wikimedia Foundation. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  6. ^ Wikipedia:Bài sơ khai at the Vietnamese Wikipedia.
  7. ^ "History of Wp/vi-nom". Wikimedia Incubator. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Incubator:Requests for deletions/Archive". Wikimedia Incubator. Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "張正" [Main Page]. VinaWiki (in Vietnamese). Han-Nom Revival Committee of Vietnam. August 23, 2016. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Recognition Wikimedians of Vietnam Wikimedians User Group". Wikimedia Meta-Wiki. Wikimedia Foundation. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  11. ^ Wikipedia:Gõ tiếng Việt/Tiếng Anh, Vietnamese Wikipedia.
  12. ^ Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (2019). "Multilingual Ranking of Wikipedia Articles with Quality and Popularity Assessment in Different Topics". Computers. 8 (3): 60. doi:10.3390/computers8030060.

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