Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers. Vietnam is the 66th largest country in the world. Geographic coordinates: 16 10 N, 107 50 E. There are low, flat deltas in south and north, central highlands and hilly, mountainous areas in the far north and northwest.  The south is wider than the north.

Key Cities

Key cities in Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Bien Hoa, Da Nang, Vung Tau, Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thuot , and Hue.

Historical, Cultural facts & Religion

Vietnam has a history of tribes uniting to form strong dynasties. In 1893 the French incorporated Vietnam into French Indochina. France continued to rule until it was defeated by communist forces led by Ho Chi Minh in 1954. The country became divided into Communist North Vietnam and the anti-Communist South. Vietnamese culture is one of the oldest in Southeast Asia and is heavily influenced by Chinese culture. Despite the changes over the years, some elements of the Vietnamese culture like the veneration of the ancestors, respect for family values, devotion to study, etc., remained intact.

Brief Country History

As early as the Paleolithic times the region that is Vietnam now has already been occupied by the early civilization of the Phung-Nguyen culture. During 1200 BCE, the cultivation of wet-rice and casting of bronze have developed and the led to the advance of the Dong Son culture. Most Vietnamese considers the Hong Bang Dynasty as the first Vietnamese state. Vietnam was under the Chinese regime during the early first millennium. In 938 CE, Ngo Quyen, a Vietnamese lord crushed the Chinese forces at the Bang Dang River and attained independence. Vietnam flourished during the 15th century under the Le Dynasty and expanded south between 11th and 18th centuries to conquer the Champa Kingdom and part of the Khmer Empire.

From 1859 to 1885 the country was successively invaded by French forces and eventually became part of the French Indochina. During the 1940s the nationalist liberation movement Viet Minh emerged under Ho Chi Minh with the purpose of regaining independence from France and to defy Japanese occupation. In the 1960’s the Vietnam War broke causing the US to send about 500,000 troops during the peak of the war in 1965. The US president approved a strategic air command (SAC) bombing operation in Cambodia and Laos called Operation Menu. The Paris Peace of Accords of January 27 1973, officially recognized the independence of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements; by March 29 1973, all American war forces were withdrawn. South Vietnam shortly became the Republic of South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon on April 30 1975, and formally integrated with the North under communist rule as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976.

Language (s) Written & Spoken

Official Languages of Vietnam Vietnamese is both the national and the official language of Vietnam. The majority of the population of the country speak this language. Vietnamese is an Austroasiatic language that has its origin in northern Vietnam.

Important Types of Commerce in Vietnam

Major Industries in Vietnam include food processing, garments, textiles, shoes, machine-building; mining, coal, steel; cement, chemical fertilizer, glass, tires, oil, mobile phones.

Industrial production growth rate: 4 percent (2012 est.), country comparison to the world.

Language Services US and others will provide working with Vietnam

Individuals, businesses, and organizations all when doing business with Vietnam have a need for English to Vietnamese translation services or the other way around to reach the widest audience. Vietnamese translators have done many transcription and translations on business proposals and contracts, medical papers, country sightseeing, and other various subjects. Furthermore, many Vietnamese speakers in America need to translate birth certificates and transcripts from Vietnamese into English. Court trials also require certified translations. Language services make communication in our small world more affordable and convenient between the English and Vietnamese languages with the nations and cultures that use them.

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