Some facts on Vietnam are that is a socialist state located in southeastern Asia, is part of the Indochinese peninsula and has borders with China, Cambodia, Laos and the South China Sea. Its land area is 125,622 square miles.Continue Reading
Two of Vietnam's important rivers are the Mekong and Red rivers. Many of the Vietnamese people still live along the delta regions of these rivers. Approximately 20 percent of Vietnam's land is arable, and agriculture is an important part of its economy. Some main agricultural products of Vietnam are rice, coffee, rubber, tea, soybeans and bananas. Agriculture represents 48 percent of its labor force.
Although the capital city is Hanoi, the largest city is Ho Chi Minh City. The official language is Vietnamese, and the currency used is the dong. The exports of Vietnam are clothes, shoes, rice, coffee and crude oil while its imports include machinery, steel and petroleum products.
During the 19th century, Vietnam became part of French Indochina. In 1954, after the French fought and were defeated by Communist forces led by Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam was divided into North and South Vietnam. The Vietnam conflict between these two sides began shortly afterward, and the North defeated the South in 1975 with the capture of Saigon. After the Vietnam War, the reunification of Vietnam occurred, and the country is presently a communist state.Learn more about Southeast Asia