Imports$97.83 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$95.32 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)18.7% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate2.3% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$3,400 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate6.8% (2010 est.)
Internet users23.382 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular154 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.054% (2012 est.)
Population91,519,289 (July 2012 est.)
The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884.
It became part of French Indochina in 1887.
Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH....
Vietnam is a densely-populated developing country that in the last 30 years has had to recover from the ravages of war, the loss of financial support from the old Soviet Bloc, and the rigidities of a centrally-planned economy.
While Vietnam's economy remains dominated by state-owned enterprises (SOEs), which still produce about 40% of GDP, Vietnamese authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to economic liberalization and international integration.
They have moved to implement the structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive export-driven industries....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
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