Location: The Socialist Republic of Vietnam (comprising former North and South Vietnam) is a mountainous country in south East Asia. Running almost its entire length, is a mountain chain-the Annamite Chain. On one side of the mountain chain is the fertile Red River delta in the north and on the other side is the Mekong delta in the south. The two deltas form the rice bowl of the country.
History: Vietnam War was fought mainly in South Vietnam from 1954 between US backed government forces and Viet Cong. Guerrillas supported by North Vietnam and Soviet armaments. US support of south began in 1961 and intensified from 1964. War formally concluded in 1973 but guerrilla activities continued in South. South Vietnam fell to communist forces in 1975 and gradual political reintegration followed. The unification of North and South Vietnam into the socialist Republic of Vietnam took place formally on July 2, 1976. The Northern capital, flag, anthem, emblem and currency were applied to the new state.
Agriculture: The country is primarily agricultural. Rice is the dominant crop and an export item. Other crops are rubber, sugarcane, coffee, maize and tea.
Minerals: Minerals include coal, tin, copper, chromium and phosphate.
Industry: Cement, metallurgy, chemicals, paper, food processing and textiles. After 3 million died defending their country, women outnumber men three to one in Vietnam.
Mission in India:
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
17, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri
New Delhi - 110 021, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 2301 8059 (Visa Section), 23019818 (Ambassador's Office)
Fax: 91 - 11 - 23017714
Indian Mission in Vietnam:
Embassy of India
58-60, Tran Hung Dao,
Tel: 00 - 84 - 4 - 8244989
Fax: 00 - 84 - 4 - 8244998