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Republic of Vanuatu

Ripablik blong Vanuatu

Origin of Name derived from the words "vanua" (home or land) and "tu" (stand) that occur in several of the languages spoken on the islands and which provide the meaning of "independence" or the sense of "our land"

Total Area 4,706 sq mi (12,189 sq km)
Highest Point Tabwemasana; 6,158 ft (1,877 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources manganese

location of Vanuatu

map of Vanuatu

Nationality Ni-Vanuatu
Population (July 2015)
Ethnic Groups Ni-Vanuatu
Religions Protestant
Languages Bislama, English, French (all official), and over 100 local languages

Form of Government parliamentary republic
Present Constitution Adopted July 30, 1980
Chief of State President Baldwin Lonsdale (since September 22, 2014)
Head of Government Prime Minister Charlot Salwai (since February 11, 2016)
Cabinet Council of Ministers appointed by the Prime Minister
Legislature unicameral Parliament
Judiciary Supreme Court
Local Administration
6 provinces

Currency vatu (VUV)
Per Capita Income
food and fish preezing, wood processing, meat canning
Agricultural Products
copra, coconuts, cocoa, coffee, taro, yams, fruits, vegetables; beef; fish
Export Commodities copra, beef, cocoa, timber, kava, coffee
Import Commodities machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, fuels

Independence from France and the United Kingdom Achieved July 30, 1980
National Holiday Independence Day; July 30
centered in the triangle is a boar's tusk encircling two crossed namele fern fronds, all in yellow; red represents the blood of boars and men, green the richness of the islands, and black the ni-Vanuatu people; the yellow "Y" shape, which reflects the pattern of the islands in the Pacific Ocean, symbolizes the light of the Gospel spreading through the islands; the boar's tusk is a symbol of prosperity frequently worn as a pendant on the islands; the fern fronds represent peace

flag of Vanuatu

Queen of Elizabeth II

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