Vietnam borders China, Laos and Cambodia, the Gulf of Thailand the South China Sea. Its 90 million people inhabit an area about one third the size of New South Wales. Population density in parts of Hanoi is among the world’s highest at around 35,000 per square kilometre, but some remote areas are sparsely populated.
Vietnam has one of the fastest growing middle classes in South East Asia, yet 13.5% of the population, mostly concentrated in remote areas, live below the national poverty line.
Australian aid supports private sector development, skills and training, and women’s economic empowerment.