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Vietnam

Vietnam



CapitalHanoi
Official LanguageVietnamese
Current Constitution19 December 1980
Area331,690 km˛
Population86,116,559
CurrencyVietnamese Dong (VND)
IDD Code+84

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Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia (SEA). It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea – referred to in Vietnam as the East Sea to the east. As of year 2011, Vietnam is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country.

The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

Emerging from this prolonged military engagement, the war-ravaged Communist nation was politically isolated. In 1986, the government instituted economic and political reforms and began a path towards international reintegration. By year 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000 and according to Citigroup, such high growth is set to continue. Vietnam has the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies and its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. However, the country still suffers from relatively high levels of income inequality, disparities in healthcare provision, and poor gender equality.

Hanoi
Hanoi
Ha Tay
Ha Tay
Ninh Binh
Ninh Binh
Quang Ninh
Quang Ninh
Danang
Danang
Quang Nam
Quang Nam
Thua Thien
Thua Thien