About two thousand years ago the people of Vietnam started to irrigate their crops and built canals and dykes. The people worked together and organized a kingdom called Van Lang. However the chines conquered the in the 2nd century B.C. The Chinese continued to rule the country until the 10th century. Today Vietnam is becoming a industrial country.
Its climate is tropical, monsoonal in the north . Vietnam's vegetation is made up from grasslands, to forest,and some rice. Vietnam has eight regions. The Northwestern, Northeastern,Mikang River Delta,Southeastern,South Central Coast, Central Highlands, and the North Central Coast. The rainy season starts in May ends in September, the dry season starts in October ends in March.
Politics of Today
Vietnam has a Democratic government that has only one party while other countries have two or more political parties.Vietnam is one of the few that depends on a communist government. In June 2005 the Prime Minister Phan Van Khai was head of state. Phan Van Khai was first ever Vietnam leader to visits Washington D.C. In June 2006 The National Assembly elected Nguyen Minh Triet as president and Prime Minister.Minh was replaced as president by Truong Tan Sang.
The GDP for Vietnam is 5.4% and is still growing today. The unemployment rate for Vietnam is 3.1% in 2014. The currency is Vietnamese dong. They import machinery and equipment, petroleum products, steel products, raw materials for the clothing and shoe industries, electronics, plastics, automobiles and they import with China, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. They export clothes, shoes, electronics, seafood, crude oil, rice, coffee, wooden products, machinery and they export with United States, China, South Korea, Germany, and Malaysia.
Vietnamese students go to school Monday-Saturday (six days a week). Students go to school for four hours. Vietnam has public and international schools. There are five levels of schooling within the Vietnamese public school system: Preschool -3 to 6 years old, Primary school-6 to 11 years old, Secondary school-11 to 15 years old, High school-15 to 18 years old,Tertiary education-18 years old and up.In international schools in grade 1, fees can reach up to 300 million and in grade 12, fees peak at around 500 million. Fees are higher for students that board. Parents also need to make allowances for school uniforms, extra-curricular activities, school trips and stationary.
The dominant religion is Buddhism. The main religion (Buddhism) originally came from China and India. Confucianism promotes that men should be at peace with themselves, nature, and society. Taoism is founded by Lao Tseu and this religion is focused on worshiping spirits and nature. Caodaism is based on the idea of how God manifested himself in the people on different types of religions. It focuses on becoming a good person and also sees vegetarianism as very important.
Vietnamese people play soccer and volleyball, badminton, wrestling, bicycling, chess,and dominoes. Vietnamese people also do arts and crafts in their spare time. Students study in their spare time. In the evenings and on weekends, Vietnamese living in the cities enjoy strolling and chatting with friends in the parks. The Vietnamese also love going to the movies and singing karaoke.
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