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in which the United States was involved. Although the war is an iconic piece of Vietnam, the country is starting to be well known for a variety of things, like food. The country can be a hidden gem for certain specialties while it also has its own problems like any other country. These topics, and Vietnam itself, will be broken up into three major components: country culture, country economy, and business climate. These three components will allow an understanding of Vietnam’s core and hopefully give a deeper insight on the country other than just its warring history. Culture Geography Vietnam is a thin strip-like country located right under China while wrapping around Laos and Cambodia upon the East side while the west is exposed to water. According to International Travel Information, Hanoi is the country’s capital although Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city of the country, or otherwise known as Saigon. The terrain of Vietnam mostly comprises of low land areas on both north and south ends although some of the northern area has a higher hill-like environment and mountains dead center of the country. International Travel Information also states that the land mass is a total of 331, 210 sq. km (only 21, 140 sq. km being water) and the climates typically are very tropical in the south while having a hot rainy summer with a dryly warm winter. People The population of Vietnam consists of approximately 91, 500, 000 people with about 86% being an ethnic group called Kinh, or Viet, which are actual Vietnamese people while there
ruled Vietnam along with the Catholic entity ("International travel information. Trương Tấn Sang. It can be visibly seen today that Catholicism remains in today’s Vietnamese people and especially the French language apart of both the written and connotation parts of Vietnamese. Then in 1941." 2013). Ho Chi Minh had taken a stand to gain independence from France which had started the First Indochina War from 1945-1954 ("Vietnam profile. One of the main most influential pieces of Vietnam’s history is the French occupation in 1858 that. but due to the increasing use of English. GlobalEDGE states that due to the occupation lead to influences such as language and religion. 81% do not believe in a god or are Buddhist that don’t practice. six and a half percent follows Catholicism.Vietnam 2 are several other ethnic groups scattered around Vietnam with the official language being Vietnamese and a secondary language is starting to become English ("International travel information. This war was mainly due to resistance against France for Vietnam’s own independence but had actually separated Vietnam into North and South in the process which led straight into the Vietnam War. highlights of recent history will be revealed." 2013). History Vietnam has had a long history that has been filled with foreign country occupations and wars." 2012). along with other territories. eight percent actually follows Buddhism. such as the Vietnam War." 2012). and the rest are a mix other smaller or local religions. The Vietnam War started in 1954 and lasted until 1975 with Ho Chi Minh and his communist . but the prime minister mainly has the power while the president is more of a proxy ("globaledge. Due to the long ancient histories of dynasties. The currency the Vietnamese people use is called the đồng. Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. and Prime Minister. Vietnam’s form of government is a single-party state with a President. the dollar is also starting to be accepted. They continue by saying how of those people.
Then lastly are the variety of . being very common even in the streets of the U. and usually Chinese sausage that is packed into a hand-sized ball ready to eat. such as the U. which is a sort of Jell-O type of texture and looks like chocolate pudding. Others actually fled off into countries. there are many other traditional and popular dishes amongst the Vietnamese people and even others. Animal’s blood is also another traditional type of food. Bánh mì is a simple sandwich that is served in a baguette with Vietnamese cooked meats and vegetables of choice.Vietnam 3 followers in North Vietnam essentially on a journey to take over South Vietnam and make one communist country ("Vietnam profile. had physically intervened in 1965 before withdrawing and ultimately resulting in South Vietnam’s defeat. With the aftermath of the war. although it sounds disgusting. was renamed to the present Ho Chi Minh City. Besides phở.S. commonly pork blood. but with so many on such tiny or badly built boats caused many time die on the sea. With this meal is usually animal’s blood. Saigon. many South Vietnamese were executed or worked to death or sent to camps. but is simply a steamed bun that is wrapped around an assortment of ingredients such as vegetables. Spring rolls are usually in traditional meals and aren’t necessarily common in everyday eating." 2013). After the war.S.. phở. it is quite a delicacy amongst Vietnamese people. The bánh bao is a common and fast eating dish that looks like a large dumpling. Food Vietnam’s food is starting to become a popular and common thing with its most famous dish. and a large assortment of noodle dishes. the historically named city. animal’s blood. a boiled egg.S. spring rolls. bánh bao. a type of meat. but more in family gatherings or celebrations. To list a few common Vietnamese foods are bánh mì. Vietnam Profile states that the U.
that are common in many restaurants and tables of Vietnamese people.5 billion (purchasing power parity) with a real growth rate of 5. Just like in Vietnamese culture. you must understand the use of silence in some scenarios due to silence being used as a way to disagree but not saying anything to not lose face.4% in industry. with its 2012 GDP being $320. or fish. low . The article continues by saying that since saving face is very important. rice. The World Factbook continues by saying how Vietnam is trying to modernize their economic conditions and standards especially having recently joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. GlobalEDGE also adds that to be punctual in time as that is key to earning respect and you must be patient with building relationships. 22. and 29. Economy Vietnam’s economy is one that is growing. The SWOT analysis breaks down the following respectively: high labor force.1% ("The world factbook. hierarchy and face are very important in business and one must do all that they can to respect these things ("Doing business in vietnam.Vietnam 4 noodle dishes. and also negotiations may take a long time." 2009). Business Climate Although doing business in English in Vietnam may be the easier part of things. like many other Asian countries. then the SWOT analysis is the next thing to consider. It seems that the GDP has been steadily increasing over the years and that future growth for Vietnam is plausible and investors should start investing within areas such as agriculture because there won’t be a cease in needs such as coffee. there are different aspects that can prove slightly challenging due to their certain practices.6% in services ("globaledge. But if you are able to conduct these practices. as it is critical." 2013). " 2013). such as phở. Vietnam’s GDP is broken down into three elements: 48% in agriculture.
Vietnam is a quietly intensifying country that can be valuable to those who see it that way. If that seems too difficult. but it can be rewarding with their rising economy. Doing business in Vietnam can be intimidating if you aren’t use to waiting. " 2013). .Vietnam 5 currency value (pegged system). growing economy with 91 million people. then their food scene is always inviting to all who want to try although the pork blood may be understandable to pass on. but it may slowly diminish with investors pushing it in the right direction out of its currency weakness. Conclusion Vietnam is a beautiful country with both its rural areas and city side after being formed from many influences. and currency weakness and high income inequality ("The world factbook. Regardless. like others. The country has its weakness.
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