With a long coastline and mountainous interiors, Vietnam is a Communist country that carefully controls imports and exports. The population is 84 percent ethnic-Vietnamese and speaks a variety of languages - from English to Russian, French to Mandarin Chinese.
Vietnam has endured many natural and man-made disasters in the past few decades. In 1995, the U.S. lifted a trade ban that had previously prevented commerce with Vietnam. In recent years, the Vietnamese government has started to relax its control over business and commerce and the people have been allowed to begin practicing personal business and entrepreneurship. As a result, the Vietnamese economy is growing quickly.