New leaders in Vietnam

A new prime minister and president of Vietnam have been selected. President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc took on their new roles earlier this month.

The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi. Vietnam is shaped like an “S”. The country at its narrowest point is about 50 km (30 miles) wide. Vietnam was colonized by the French in the 1800s. The country declared its independence in 1945. However, the French did not leave until 1954, after which the country was divided into two parts. The northern and southern halves of the country were ruled by two different political parties. Fighting broke out between the two halves by the end of the 1950s, and lasted for over 15 years. The Americans supported the southern part and sent their troops to help. Americans call this the “Vietnam War”, while the Vietnamese call it the “American War”. In 1975, the government of the northern part took over the southern half, and Vietnam was united into one nation.

The most common family name in Vietnam is “Nguyen”. One very unique place to visit in the country is the Ha Long Bay. The Bay has over a thousand islets (very small islands) with pillar-like stone formations.

 

Image Credits: Disdero for Ha Long Bay’s image
Sources: http://time.com, CIA World Factbook, https://www.lonelyplanet.com, http://www.ibtimes.com, www.britannica.com