Some figures about the country to give you a rough idea about Vietnam. There are other facts to be found, but here are the basics.
Vietnam in the Region
Official name: The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Capital: Ha Noi
Mainland area: 331,689 sq. km (128,000 square miles)
Major cities: Hochiminh City, Haiphong, Danang and Hue.
Official language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND)
President: Nguyen Minh Triet
Prime Minister: Nguyen Tan Dung
Chairman of National Assembly: Nguyen Phu Trong
Did you know?
In May 2002, international credit ratings agency - Standard & Poor’s awarded Vietnam with a long-term foreign currency debt rating of BB minus and local currency long-term debt rating of BB, both with a stable outlook.
Vietnam has emerged as the world third largest exporter of rice, second largest exporter of coffee, cashew and pepper, fourth biggest exporter of footwear. The country is also a leading exporter of apparel and textiles, and seafood.
Vietnam, the 13th most populous country in the world, has a large market of 80 million people with an abundance of young and a highly literate workforce of over 40 million people of whom around 45% are under 35 years of age.
Vietnam, thanks to its stability, is a favored recipient of bilateral and multilateral development aid. During the 1996 - 2002 period, the international community committed to provide Vietnam with Official Development Aid (ODA) in an amount of around US$22 billion.
The book, “Searching for the Perfect Meal,” concludes that Vietnam has the most delicious food, per square meter, in the world.