Vietnam is a developing, mainly agrarian country in Southeast Asia that is moving from a centrally-planned economy to a market economy. Vietnamese is the official language. English is spoken in tourist destinations. Political control rests with the Communist Party. In 1986, the Vietnam government started making economic and political reforms. By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. GDP is growing at about 5 percent to $138 billion, and the country's population is 92 million.


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