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Wallis and Futuna

Background

Wallis and Futuna

The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory.

About

Wallis and Futuna is an overseas community of France consisting of two small island groupings in Polynesia, near Fiji and Samoa.

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Wallis and Futuna

Full name
Wallis et Futuna
Capital
Matāʻutu
Location

Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

13 57 S, 171 56 W

Area comparative

1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

129 km

Climate

tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees C

Terrain

volcanic origin; low hills

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mont Singavi (on Futuna) 765 m

Natural resources

NEGL

Population

15,343 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Polynesian

Religions

Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%

Languages

Wallisian 58.9% (indigenous Polynesian language), Futunian 30.1%, French (official) 10.8%, other 0.2% (2003 census)

Government type

NA

Independence

none (overseas territory of France)

National holiday

Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)

Chief of state

President Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007); represented by High Administrator Michel JEANJEAN (since 10 June 2010)

Head of government

President of the Territorial Assembly Victor BRIAL (since 11 December 2007)

Internet country code

.wf

Internet users

1,300 (2009)

Airports

2 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Leava, Mata-Utu

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