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Cao Dai Nun
When you open the door for new winds, the dirt comes in too.
- Vietnamese Proverb
is located in Southeast Asia with a total land area of 325,360 km
and 3,444 km of coastline on the South China Sea.
Climate is tropical with rainy season from May to September.
Terrain varies dramatically from low Mekong delta in south to
central highlands to mountainous north/northwest.
type is a communist state governed by the Comunist Party of Vietnam (CPV).
Hanoi is the capital where President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister
Phan Van Khai, and cabinet reside.
is 78.7 million with a 1.4% rate of natural increase.
belongs to the Mon-Khmer stock, arising from the ancient languages
of Burma (Mon) and Cambodia (Khmer). The official language of Vietnam,
Vietnamese, is also influenced by Tai and Chinese elements. Hundreds
of tribal languages, spoken mainly by peoples in the central and northern
highlands, are threatened with extinction. The most
widely spoken foreign languages are Chinese, English, French and Russian.
is considered less developed, undergoing a complex transition
from state ownership to privitazation in several major industries.
of the population resides in rural areas engaged in farming paddy rice,
corn, bananas and other goods. GDP per capita is approximately US$1,950
with an unemployment rate of 25% and 37% of the population living
below the poverty line.
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