Covering a total land area of 12,189 sq.km (4,706 sq mi), Vanuatu is a Melanesian archipelago comprising of a double chain of 13 principal (larger islands) and about 70 smaller islands located in the South Pacific Ocean as observed on the physical map of Vanuatu above.
The terrain of Vanuatu is diverse and is famed for its gorgeous islands and active volcanoes. Most islands have rugged mountains and are volcanic in origin (some active), mainly covered in lush dense rainforests. Many islands are protected by offshore coral reefs. The highest point is Tabwémasana, located on Espiritu Santo – the largest island, at an elevation of 6,165ft (1,879m). The point is marked on the map above by a yellow triangle. The lowest point is the South Pacific Ocean (0m).
Vanuatu (officially, the Republic of Vanuatu) is divided into 6 provinces. These provinces are: Malampa, Penama, Sanma, Shefa, Tafea and Torba. These provinces are further subdivided into municipalities.
Covering a total land area of 12,189 sq.km, Vanuatu is a Melanesian archipelago comprising of a double chain of 13 principal (larger islands) and about 70 smaller islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. Located on the southern coast of Efate Island in the Shefa province is Port Vila – the capital and the largest city of Vanuatu. It is the administrative, commercial and economic center of Vanuatu. Port Vila also serves as an active commercial port of the island country.
Vanuatu is a sovereign island nation and a Melanesian archipelago comprising of a total of 83 large and small islands, located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is geographically positioned in the Southern and Eastern hemispheres of the Earth. Vanuatu is situated to the east of Northern Australia, to the north-east of New Caledonia, to the west of Fiji and to the south of Solomon Islands.
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|Legal Name||Republic of Vanuatu|
|Capital City||Port-Vila (on Efate)|
|17 44 S, 168 19 E|
|Independence||30 July 1980 (from France and the UK)|
|Total Area||12,189.00 km2|
|Land Area||12,189.00 km2|
|Water Area||0.00 km2|
|Total Border||0.0 km|
|Climate||Tropical; moderated by southeast trade winds from may to october; moderate rainfall from november to april; may be affected by cyclones from december to april|
|Coordinates||16 00 S, 167 00 E|
|Mean Elevation||0 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||1,877 m|
|Ethnic Groups||Melanesian 99.2%, non-Melanesian 0.8% (2016 est.)|
|Languages||local languages (more than 100) 63.2%, Bislama (official; creole) 33.7%, English (official) 2%, French (official) 0.6%, other 0.5% (2009 est.)|
|Religions||Protestant 70% (includes Presbyterian 27.9%, Anglican 15.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.5%, Assemblies of God 4.7%, Church of Christ 4.5%, Neil Thomas Ministry 3.1%, and Apostolic 2.2%), Roman Catholic 12.4%, customary beliefs 3.7% (including Jon Frum cargo cult), other 12.6%, none 1.1%, unspecified 0.2% (2009 est.)|
|GDP Per Capita||$3,058.07|
|Exports||Copra, beef (veal), cocoa, timber, kava, coffee, coconut oil, shell, cowhides, coconut meal, fish|
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