interesting facts about Vanuatu

16 Vibrant Facts about Vanuatu

Want to learn a little more about the countries of the world? Take a look at these fun facts about Vanuatu!

1. There’s more to Vanuatu than meets the eye.

Vanuatu is a picturesque archipelago of around 82 small islands in the South Pacific Ocean.

2. Where is Vanuatu in the world?

Its nearest countries are the Solomon Islands to the northwest, Tuvalu to the northeast, Wallis and Futuna and Fiji to the east, New Caledonia to the southwest, and Australia to the west.

3. Don’t lose this number…

To call your friends here in Vanuatu, you’ll need to use the international dialling code +678.

Flag of Vanuatu

Flag of Vanuatu

4. If you’re flying or sailing…

The coordinates for Vanuatu are 17.7500° S, 168.3000°

5. The land’s absolutely gorgeous.

The terrain here is a lovely mix of coastal plains and inland volcanic mountains.

6. Small but mighty!

The total land area of Vanuatu is 4,707 square miles (12,190 square kilometers).

7. A tight knit population!

Vanuatu’s population was 307,150 in 2020.

8. What’s the capital of Vanuatu?

The capital is Port Vila which has a population of 51,397 (2013).

9. Life here is long and healthy on average.

The average life span here is 70.47 years (2019).

the welcome committee at Port Villa

10. It was once a French/English collaboration!

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’!

11. Tropical stuff out here!

The climate in Vanuatu is tropical, with southeast trade winds from May to October and moderate rainfall from November to April.

12. Porridge with a twist!

The national dish of Vanuatu is called ‘Lap-lap’ and is a vegetable porridge, cooked with coconut milk. Sounds delicious!

lap lap - Vanuatu's national dish

Lap-lap- Vanuatu’s national dish

13. Oinkers make bank!

Pigs are considered a symbol of wealth in Vanuatu!

14. Many different languages are spoken out here.

Whilst Bislama, English, and French are the official languages of Vanuatu, there are also more than 100 other local languages that are spoken here.

15. Keep your cash in check.

Vanuatu Vatu is the official currency of this stunning archipelago.

16. Here’s some curious details on Vanuatu’s industries.

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.

Port Vila, Vanuatu

FAQs about Vanuatu

Is Vanuatu safe to visit?

Vanuatu has a relatively low crime rate on the whole, but you must make sure to take care while traveling from abroad.

Why is Vanuatu a poor country?

Vanuatu’s poverty issues can stem from the fact that many of the islands are cut off from the mainland - it’s hard to get support out to the disparate communities.

Is it possible to move and live in Vanuatu?

Yes - however, you will need to take part in their own visa citizenship program.

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