The location of Vietnam
The location of Vietnam
An enlargeable relief map of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
An enlargeable relief map of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Vietnam:

Vietnamsovereign country located on the eastern extent of the Indochinese Peninsula in Southeast Asia.[1] It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. With a population of over 98 million, Vietnam is the 15th most populous country in the world.

Vietnam was under Chinese control for a thousand years before becoming a nation-state in the 10th century. Successive dynasties flourished along with geographic and political expansion deeper into Southeast Asia, until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving a nation divided politically into two countries. Bitter fighting between the two sides continued during the Vietnam War, ending with a communist victory in 1975.

Emerging from a long and bitter war, the war-ravaged nation was politically isolated. The government's centrally planned economic decisions hindered post-war reconstruction and its treatment of the losing side engendered more resentment than reconciliation. In 1986, it instituted economic and political reforms and began a path towards international reintegration. By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth had been among the highest in the world in the past decade. These efforts culminated in Vietnam joining the World Trade Organization in 2007 and its successful bid to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2008.

General reference

An enlargeable basic map of Vietnam
An enlargeable basic map of Vietnam

Geography of Vietnam

An enlargeable topographic map of Vietnam
An enlargeable topographic map of Vietnam

Geography of Vietnam

 Laos 2,130 km
 China 1,281 km
 Cambodia 1,228 km
  • Coastline: 3,444 km (excluding islands)

Environment of Vietnam

An enlargeable satellite image of Vietnam
An enlargeable satellite image of Vietnam

Environment of Vietnam

Natural geographic features of Vietnam

Regions of Vietnam

Regions of Vietnam

Ecoregions of Vietnam

List of ecoregions in Vietnam

Administrative divisions of Vietnam

Administrative divisions of Vietnam

Regions of Vietnam

Main article: Provinces of Vietnam § Regions

The Vietnamese government often groups the various provinces into eight regions. These regions are not always used, and alternative classifications are possible.

Provinces of Vietnam

Provinces of Vietnam Vietnam is divided into 58 provinces (known in Vietnamese as tỉnh).

Districts of Vietnam

Districts of Vietnam The provinces of Vietnam are divided into districts (huyện), provincial cities (thành phố trực thuộc tỉnh), and towns (thị xã).

Demography of Vietnam

Demographics of Vietnam

Government and politics of Vietnam

Main articles: Government of Vietnam and Politics of Vietnam

Branches of the government of Vietnam

Government of Vietnam

Executive branch of the government of Vietnam

Legislative branch of the government of Vietnam

Judicial branch of the government of Vietnam

Judiciary of Vietnam

Foreign relations of Vietnam

Foreign relations of Vietnam

International organization membership

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Vietnam

Law of Vietnam

Military of Vietnam

Military of Vietnam

Local government in Vietnam

Local government in Vietnam

History of Vietnam

History of Vietnam

Culture of Vietnam

Culture of Vietnam

Art in Vietnam

Religion in Vietnam

Religion in Vietnam

Sport in Vietnam

Sport in Vietnam

Economy and infrastructure of Vietnam

Economy of Vietnam

Education in Vietnam

Education in Vietnam

Health in Vietnam

Health in Vietnam

See also

Vietnam

References

  1. ^ a b "Vietnam". The World Factbook. United States Central Intelligence Agency. July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.

Wikimedia Atlas of Vietnam

Government
Economy


Media
State-run
Non state-run

While all media in Vietnam must be sponsored by a Communist Party organization and be registered with the government, the following media sources have less government control than others.

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