North Vietnam: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About the location, size, population, and government of the country North Vietnam.

North Vietnam

Size--63,360 sq. mi. (164,102 sq. km.).

Population--Over 25 million: Vietnamese (Kinh), 85.2%; Tay, 3.2%; Muong, 2.6%; Tai, 2.4%; Nung, 2%; other, 4.6%. Predominantly Buddhist.

Who Rules--An elective National Assembly, which in turn elects an executive body, the Standing Committee. People's Councils, elected at provincial, district, and village levels, choose administrative committees to handle local issues.

Who REALLY Rules--The politburo of the communist Lao Dong (Workers') party. Since the death of national President and party head Ho Chi Minh in 1969, party leadership has been collective. Both China and the Soviet Union have influence over North Vietnam, but the Vietnamese have refused to take sides in the Sino-Soviet split.

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