Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Vietnam Population: 86,116,560
BackgroundThe conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 deft by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the eva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cse-fire agreement in 1973. Two yrs later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of pce, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative ldership policies. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to incrsed economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The country continues to experience protests from various groups - such as the Protestant Montagnard ethnic minority population of the Central Highlands and the Hoa Hao Buddhists in southern Vietnam over religious persecution. Montagnard grievances also include the loss of land to Vietnamese settlers.Map data ©2009 Europa Technologies - Terms of Use
GeographyExtending 1,650 km north to south, the country is only 50 km across at its narrowest point.Loion:Southstern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China S, alongside China, Laos, and CambodiaGeographic coordinates:16 00 N, 106 00 r:total: 329,560 sq km
land: 325,360 sq km
water: 4,200 sq kmSize comparison: slightly larger than New Mexico
Land Boundaries:total: 4,639 km
border countries: Cambodia 1,228 km, China 1,281 km, Laos 2,130 kmCoastline:3,444 km (excludes islands)Maritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental marginClimate:tropical in south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy sson (May to September) and warm, dry sson (October to March)Terrain:low, flat delta in south and north; central highlands; hilly, mountainous in far north and northwestElevation extremes:lowest point: South China S 0 m
highest point: Fan Si Pan 3,144 mNatural resources:phosphates, coal, manganese, bauxite, chromate, offshore oil and gas deposits, forests, hydropowerLand use:arable land: 20.14%
permanent crops: 6.93%
other: 72.93% (2005)Irrigated land:30,000 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:occasional typhoons (May to January) with extensive flooding, especially in the Mekong River deltaCurrent Environment Issues:logging and slash-and- agricultural practices contribute to deforestation and soil degradation; water pollution and overfishing thrten marine life populations; groundwater contamination limits potable water supply; growing urban industrialization and population migration are rapidly degrading environment in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh CityInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Environmental Modifiion, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
PeoplePopulation:86,116,560 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 25.6% (male 11,418,642/female 10,598,184)
15-64 yrs: 68.6% (male 29,341,216/female 29,777,696)
65 yrs and over: 5.8% (male 1,925,609/female 3,055,212) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 26.9 yrs
male: 25.8 yrs
female: 28 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:0.99% (2008 est.)Birth rate:16.47 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:6.18 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:-0.39 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.07 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.08 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 0.98 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.63 male(s)/female
total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 23.61 dths/1,000 live births
male: 24.01 dths/1,000 live births
female: 23.19 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 71.33 yrs
male: 68.52 yrs
female: 74.33 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:1.86 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:0.4% (2003 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:220,000 (2003 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:9,000 (2003 est.)Nationality:noun: Vietnamese (singular and plural)
adjective: VietnameseEthnic groups:Kinh (Viet) 86.2%, Tay 1.9%, Thai 1.7%, Muong 1.5%, Khome 1.4%, Hoa 1.1%, Nun 1.1%, Hmong 1%, others 4.1% (1999 census)Religions:Buddhist 9.3%, holic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8% (1999 census)Languages:Vietnamese (official), English (incrsingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer; mountain ar languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)Literacy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 90.3%
male: 93.9%
female: 86.9% (2002 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
conventional short form: Vietnam
local long form: Cong Hoa Xa Hoi Chu Nghia Viet Nam
local short form: Viet Nam
abbreviation: SRVGovernment type:Communist stateCapital:name: Hanoi
geographic coordinates: 21 02 N, 105 51 E
time difference: UTC+7 (12 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:59 provinces (tinh, singular and plural) and 5 municipalities (thanh pho, singular and plural)
provinces: An Giang, Bac Giang, Bac Kan, Bac Lieu, Bac Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau, Cao Bang, Dac Lak, Dac Nong, Dien Bien, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Gia Lai, Ha Giang, Ha Nam, Ha Tay, Ha Tinh, Hai Duong, Hau Giang, Hoa Binh, Hung Yen, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Kon Tum, Lai Chau, Lam Dong, Lang Son, Lao Cai, Long An, Nam Dinh, Nghe An, Ninh Binh, Ninh Thuan, Phu Tho, Phu Yen, Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Ninh, Quang Tri, Soc Trang, Son La, Tay Ninh, Thai Binh, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Thua Thien-Hue, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Long, Vinh Phuc, Yen Bai
municipalities: Can Tho, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Ho Chi MinhIndependence:2 September 1945 (from France)National holiday:Independence Day, 2 September (1945)Constitution:15 April 1992Legal system:based on communist legal theory and French civil law system; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:18 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Nguyen Minh TRIET (since 27 June 2006); Vice President Nguyen Thi DOAN (since 25 July 2007)
hd of government: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan DUNG (since 27 June 2006); Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh HUNG (since 28 June 2006), Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung HAI (since 2 August 2007), Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien NHAN (since 2 August 2007), Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia KHIEM (since 28 June 2006), and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh TRONG (since 28 June 2006)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by president based on proposal of prime minister and confirmed by National Assembly
elections: president elected by the National Assembly from among its members for five-yr term; last held 27 June 2006 (next to be held in 2011); prime minister appointed by the president from among the members of the National Assembly; deputy prime ministers appointed by the prime minister; appointment of prime minister and deputy prime ministers confirmed by National Assembly
election results: Nguyen Minh TRIET elected president; percent of National Assembly vote - 94%; Nguyen Tan DUNG elected prime minister; percent of National Assembly vote - 92%Legislative branch:unicameral National Assembly or Quoc Hoi (500 sts; members elected by popular vote to serve five-yr terms)
elections: last held 20 May 2007 (next to be held in May 2012)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; sts by party - CPV 450, non-party CPV-approved 42, self-nominated 1; note - 493 candidates were elected; CPV and non-party CPV-approved delegates were members of the Vietnamese Fatherland FrontJudicial branch:Supreme People's Court (chief justice is elected for a five-yr term by the National Assembly on the recommendation of the president)Political parties and lders:Communist Party of Vietnam or CPV [Nong Duc MANH]; other parties proscribedPolitical pressure groups and lders:8406 Bloc; Democratic Party of Vietnam or DPV; People's Democratic Party Vietnam or PDP-VN; Alliance for Democracy
note: these groups advoe democracy but are not recognized by the governmentInternational organization participation:ADB, APEC, APT, ARF, ASN, CP, S, FAO, G-77, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, MIGA, NAM, OIF, OPCW, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTODiplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Le Cong PHUNG
chancery: 1233 20th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036
telephone: [1] (202) 861-0737
FAX: [1] (202) 861-0917
consulate(s) eral: San FranDiplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Michael W. MICHALAK
embassy: 7 Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
mailing address: PSC 461, Box 400, FPO AP 96521-0002
telephone: [84] (4) 3850-5000
FAX: [84] (4) 3850-5010
consulate(s) eral: Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam is a densely-populated developing country that in the last 30 yrs has had to recover from the ravages of war, the loss of financial support from the old Soviet Bloc, and the rigidities of a centrally-planned economy. Since 2001, Vietnamese authorities have rffirmed their commitment to economic liberalization and international integration. They have moved to implement the structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive export-driven industries. Vietnam's membership in the ASN Free Trade Ar (AFTA) and entry into force of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement in December 2001 have led to even more rapid changes in Vietnam's trade and economic regime. Vietnam's exports to the US incrsed 900% from 2001 to 2007. Vietnam joined the WTO in January 2007 following over a decade long negotiation process. WTO membership has provided Vietnam an anchor to the global market and reinforced the domestic economic reform process. Among other benefits, accession allows Vietnam to take advantage of the phase-out of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing, which eliminated quotas on textiles and clothing for WTO partners on 1 January 2005. Agriculture's share of economic output has continued to shrink from about 25% in 2000 to less than 20% in 2008. Deep poverty has declined significantly and is now smaller than that of China, India, and the Philippines. Vietnam is working to crte jobs to meet the challenge of a labor force that is growing by more than one-and-a-half million people every yr. The global financial crisis, however, will constrain Vietnam's ability to crte jobs and further reduce poverty. As global growth sharply drops in 2009, Vietnam's export-oriented economy - exports were 68% of GDP in 2007 - will suffer from lower exports, higher unemployment and corporate bankruptcies, and decrsed foreign investment. Rl GDP growth for 2009 could fall between 4% and 5%. Inflation, which rched nrly 25% in 2008, will likely moderate to single digits in 2009.GDP (purchasing power parity):$246.6 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$90.88 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:6.3% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$2,900 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 19%
industry: 42.7%
services: 38.4% (2008 est.)Labor force:47.41 million (2008 est.)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 55.6%
industry: 18.9%
services: 25.5% (July 2005)Unemployment rate:4.9% (2008 est.)Population below poverty line:14.8% (2007 est.)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: 2.9%
highest 10%: 28.9% (2004)Distribution of family income - Gini index:37 (2004)Inflation rate (consumer prices):24.5% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):44.5% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $22.39 billion
expenditures: $24.19 billion (2008 est.)Public debt:38.6% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:food processing, garments, shoes, machine-building; mining, coal, steel; cement, chemical fertilizer, glass, tires, oil, paperIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:61.02 billion kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - consumption:48.08 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:350,700 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:271,100 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - exports:394,400 bbl/day (2005)Oil - imports:271,100 bbl/day (2007)Oil - proved reserves:600 million bbl (1 January 2008 est.)Natural gas - production:6.86 billion cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:6.86 billion cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:192.5 billion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)Current account balance:-$12.74 billion (2008 est.)Exports:$63.73 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:crude oil, marine products, rice, coffee, rubber, t, garments, shoesExports - partners:US 20.8%, Japan 12.5%, Australia 7.3%, China 6.9%, Singapore 4.5% (2007)Imports:$79.37 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:machinery and equipment, petroleum products, fertilizer, steel products, raw cotton, grain, cement, motorcyclesImports - partners:China 19.9%, Singapore 12.1%, Taiwan 11%, Japan 9.9%, South Kor 8.5%, Thailand 6% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$22.78 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$23.72 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:$43.06 billion (2008 est.)Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:$NAMarket value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():dong (VND)Exchange rates:dong (VND) per US dollar - 16,548.3 (2008 est.), 16,119 (2007), 15,983 (2006), 15,746 (2005), NA (2004)Fiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:10.8 million (2007)Cellular in use:33.2 million (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: Vietnam is putting considerable effort into modernization and expansion of its telecommuniion system, but its performance continues to lag behind that of its more modern neighbors
domestic: all provincial exchanges are digitalized and connected to Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City by fiber-optic cable or microwave radio relay networks; main lines have been substantially incrsed, and the use of mobile tele is growing rapidly
international: country - 84; a landing point for the S-ME-WE-3, the C2C, and Thailand-Vietnam-Hong Kong submarine cable systems; the Asia-America Gateway submarine cable system, scheduled for completion by the end of 2008, will provide new access links to Asia and the US; satellite rth stations - 2 Intersputnik (Indian Ocn region)Radio broadcast stations:AM 65, FM 7, shortwave 29 (1999)Television broadcast stations:67 (includes 61 relay, provincial, and city stations) (2006)Internet country :.vnInternet hosts:84,151 (2008)Internet users:17.87 million (2007)
TransportationAirports:44 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 37
over 3,047 m: 9
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 13
914 to 1,523 m: 10 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 7
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 3
under 914 m: 3 (2007)Heliports:1 (2007)Pipelines:condensate/gas 432 km; gas 510 km; oil 49 km; refined products 206 km (2007)Railways:total: 2,600 km
standard gauge: 178 km 1.435-m gauge
narrow gauge: 2,169 km 1.000-m gauge
dual gauge: 253 km three-rail track combining 1.435 m and 1.000-m gauges (2006)Roadways:total: 222,179 km
paved: 42,167 km
unpaved: 180,012 km (2004)Waterways:17,702 km (5,000 km navigable by vessels up to 1.8 m draft) (2008)Merchant marine:total: 387
by type: barge carrier 1, bulk carrier 36, cargo 280, chemical tanker 12, container 14, liquefied gas 6, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 32, refrigerated cargo 2, roll on/roll off 1, specialized tanker 1
foreign-owned: 2 (Hong Kong 1, Japan 1)
registered in other countries: 64 (Honduras 1, Liberia 4, Mongolia 23, Panama 30, Tuvalu 5, unknown 1) (2008)Ports and terminals:Da Nang, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City
Military branches:People's Armed Forces: People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) (includes People's Navy Command (with naval infantry, coast guard), Air and Air Defense Force (Kon Quan Nhan Dan), Border Defense Command), People's Public Security Forces, Militia Force, Self-Defense Forces (2005)Military service age and obligation:18 yrs of age (male) for compulsory military service; females may volunteer for active duty military service; conscript service obligation - 2 yrs (3 to 4 yrs in the navy); 18-45 yrs of age (male) or 18-40 yrs of age (female) for Militia Force or Self Defense Forces (2006)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 24,586,328
females age 16-49: 24,335,132 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 18,849,274
females age 16-49: 20,575,884 (2008 est.)

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