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Niue

Background

Niue

Niue's remoteness, as well as cultural and linguistic differences between its Polynesian inhabitants and those of the rest of the Cook Islands, have caused it to be separately administered. The population of the island continues to drop (from a peak of 5,200 in 1966 to an estimated 1,398 in 2009) with substantial emigration to New Zealand 2,400 km to the southwest.

About

Niue is an island in Oceania. It is located approximately halfway between Tonga and the Cook Islands.

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Niue

Capital
Alofi
Location

Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Tonga

Geographic coordinates

19 02 S, 169 52 W

Area comparative

1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

64 km

Climate

tropical; modified by southeast trade winds

Terrain

steep limestone cliffs along coast, central plateau

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

unnamed elevation near Mutalau settlement 68 m

Natural resources

fish, arable land

Population

1,354 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Niuen 78.2%, Pacific islander 10.2%, European 4.5%, mixed 3.9%, Asian 0.2%, unspecified 3% (2001 census)

Religions

Ekalesia Niue (Niuean Church - a Protestant church closely related to the London Missionary Society) 61.1%, Latter-Day Saints 8.8%, Roman Catholic 7.2%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2.4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%, other 8.4%, unspecified 8.7%, none 1.9% (2001 census)

Languages

English (official), Niuean a Polynesian language closely related to Tongan and Samoan; English

Government type

self-governing parliamentary democracy

Independence

19 October 1974 (Niue became a self-governing parliamentary government in free association with New Zealand)

National holiday

Waitangi Day (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand), 6 February (1840)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General of New Zealand Anand SATYANAND (since 23 August 2006); the UK and New Zealand are represented by New Zealand High Commissioner John BRYAN (since May 2000)

Head of government

Premier Toke TALAGI (since 18 June 2008)

Internet country code

.nu

Internet users

1,100 (2009)

Airports

1 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Alofi

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