- Vanuatu is a picturesque archipelago of around 82 small islands in the South Pacific Ocean.
- Its nearest countries are Solomon Islands to the north west, Tuvalu to the north east, Wallis and Futuna and Fiji to the east, New Caledonia to the south west and Australia to the west.
- To call your friends here in Vanuatu, you’ll need to use the international dialling code +678.
Flag of Vanuatu
- The coordinates for Vanuatu are 17.7500° S, 168.3000°
- The terrain here is a lovely mix of coastal plains and inland volcanic mountains.
- The total land area of Vanuatu is 4,707 square miles (12,190 square kilometres).
- Vanuatu’s population was 292,680 in 2018.
- The capital is Port Vila which has a population of 51,397 (2013).
- The average life span here is 72.13 years (2016).
- For 74 years before it gained independence in 1980, Vanuatu was jointly administered by the French and English and it was known as the ‘New Hebrides’!
- The climate in Vanuatu is tropical, with southeast trade winds from May to October and moderate rainfall from November to April.
- The national dish of Vanuatu is called ‘Lap-lap’ and is a vegetable porridge, cooked with coconut milk. Sounds delicious!
- Pigs are considered a symbol of wealth in Vanuatu!
- Whilst Bislama, English and French are the official languages of Vanuatu, there are also more than 100 other local languages that are spoken here.
- Vanuatu Vatu is the official currency of this stunning archipelago.
- Vanuatu grows coconuts, copra, cacao and coffee, rears cattle and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of food and fish freezing, tourism, meat canning and wood processing.
- Vanuatu also exports beef, copra, timber, cacao and kava.
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