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Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina. In 1976, Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City, in honour of the late communist leader. In 2009, the city’s population was 7,123,340 people or about 8.3% of the total population of Vietnam, making it the highest population-concentrated city in the country. Tan Son Nhat Airport is located 7 km from the city.