World Country Vietnam

About the world country Vietnam, its location, size, population, and who is in power.



Location: Along the eastern coast of the Indochinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia, south of China. Size: 127,242 sq. mi. (329,556 sq. km.).

Population: 55,172,000.

Who Really Rules: Unified Vietnam is governed by the Vietnam Communist party, essentially the same body that led Vietnamese opposition to French colonialism and U.S. intervention. The Communists have encountered difficulty introducing communism to the southern part of Vietnam, however, even in areas with a long history of revolutionary activity. Many Vietnamese in the south prefer urban squatter shacks to life in "new economic zones"- rural areas that were abandoned during the war against the U.S. Farmers in the Mekong Delta are reluctant to join cooperatives. And the black market in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) thrives with goods mailed to family members by Vietnamese refugees in other parts of the world.

Vietnam receives substantial aid, technical advice, and military hardware from the U.S.S.R., but thus far it has not offered to let the Soviets use any former U.S. bases as Pacific naval bases.

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