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Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. The country borders the Gulf of Thailand, the Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia.

The geographic coordinates are 16 10 N, 107 50 E. The total area of Vietnam is 331,210 sq km. The land itself is 310,070 sq km, leaving the rest to water with 21,140 sq km. The climate is tropical in the south; monsoonal in north with hot, rainy season (May to September) and warm, dry season. (October to March) The terrain is low, flat delta in south and north; central highlands; hilly, mountainous in far north and northwest.

In 1858, sent by Napoleon III, the French began exploring and conquering the areas with plans to establish a military stronghold in Indochina.It was the beginnings of 100 years of strong French influence in the history of Vietnam. Saigon and the Mekong Delta were quickly occupied and French missionaries and merchants were sent, the missionaries replacing the Chinese alphabet with Latin. Soon thousands of French were treading on the Oriental soil, bring the French language with them, and soon the Vietnamese were learning French as it was an official language. In 1883, against strong native protests and revolts, the French overtook the capital city, Hanoi, and destroyed many Asian structures and erected neoclassical French-styled buildings. Vietnam has been influenced by France on a large scale. Outdoor French cafes and cinemas line the boulevards. Government buildings, opera houses, libraries and hotels reflect French architecture design. Art galleries line up with French-designed museums. Even the Vietnamese cuisine is influencd by the French. Also, the legal system derives from the French Civil Code, even though the government is a Communism. Lastly, the most interesting thing that I found was that soccer was influenced by the French.

Ethnicity-Kinh 85.7% -Tay 1.9% -Thai 1.8% Muong 1.5% Kmher 1.5% Mong 1.2% Nung 1.1% other 5.3%Median AgeTotal:28.2 years old Male:27.1 years old Female:29.2 years old

Vietnam is a communist state, it has 58 provinces and has a civil law system. There are 3 branches just like in America.

Interesting FactsThere are many labor forces that include 48% in agriculture 22.4% in industry and 29.6% in services.The cuisines in Vietnam features a combo of the five fundamental taste ''elements'' in the overall meal: spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet.

Problems of VietnamAn estimated 300,000 Vietnamese refugees reside in China.Cambodia accuses vietnam of a wide variety of illicit cross-border activities.Progress on a join development area with cambodia is hampered by an unresolved dispute over sovereignty of offshore islands.


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