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Vietnam came in fifth in the Happy Planet Index 2016 ranking compiled by the UK-based New Economics Foundation, which dubbed it the happiest country in Asia.
The country is also well-known for its safe, terrorism-free political environment.
Hanoi: most affordable city to visit
Considering a low-cost vacation? Welcome to Hanoi.
A three-day break to the capitol costs just under $500, according to TripAdvisor, while tourists have to pay at least $600 to spend the same time in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand) and Bali (Indonesia).
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Students in the U.S.
As of November, Vietnam had sent over 30,000 students to the U.S., ranking first in Southeast Asia and sixth among countries with the most students at American educational institutions, according to the latest U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program report.
The current number of Vietnamese students in the U.S. has almost doubled that in 2009, when the country first made it to the top ten with some 16,000 students.
An investment magnet
Vietnam has become an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI); many international corporations establish new facilities in the country, known as greenfield investment.
The country surpassed 13 others—including nearby Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand—to top the Financial Times' FDI greenfield index.
World’s leading Robusta production
Vietnam continues to distance itself from Southeast Asian Robusta producers as the world's top supplier.
Coffee remains Vietnam’s key export. This year, amid the adverse weather, the country cashed in $3.4 billion from coffee exports, up 26 percent compared to last year.
The hollow of wildlife animals and parts
Vietnam and China have become the world's most notorious market for ivory, rhino horns, pangolin parts and protected animal parts.
Pangolin, tiger and rare bird trafficking are particularly rampant in Vietnam.
In November, customs officials seized more than four tons of ivory from five shipments. Meanwhile, in December, two cases of animal smuggling were foiled.
Police seized a ton of ivory hidden from a container in Ho Chi Minh City last November. Photo by VnExpress/Q.T.
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U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude to Vietnam Thursday for sending 450,000 protective suits to help frontline healthcare professionals fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trade investigators lifted tariffs against one steel pipe manufacturer in southern Vietnam and reinforced tariffs against another.
A 58-year-old British man on the same flight as Hanoi’s first Covid-19 patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus.
The five-story structure aims to help Tan Son Nhat ease some of the pressure on its facilities caused by high travel demand.
The HCMC health department has suggested that the “green pass” is given to all vaccinated people, including those who have only got one shot.
The effective reproduction number of the coronavirus in HCMC has decreased from five to 1.03 in four months, which may allow relaxed restrictions starting October.
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