Australia's Pacific Neighbours by Elizabeth Onslow

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Wallis and Futuna WALLIS AND FUTUNA, OVERSEAS COLLECTIVITY OF FRANCE are three islands in There this French territory: Wallis, Futuna and Alofi. requested French protection. Agreements were reached with the leaders of Wallis in 1887 and Alofi is uninhabited, its population Futuna the following year. believed eaten by cannibals in the Islanders were able to travel to 1800s. The islands are located New Caledonia to work. Wallis between Tuvalu, Fiji, Tonga and and Futuna became a full French Samoa in the south Pacific.

Australia has a High Commissioner based in the Vanuatan capital, Port Vila; Vanuatu has a Consulate in Sydney. Wallis and Futuna WALLIS AND FUTUNA, OVERSEAS COLLECTIVITY OF FRANCE are three islands in There this French territory: Wallis, Futuna and Alofi. requested French protection. Agreements were reached with the leaders of Wallis in 1887 and Alofi is uninhabited, its population Futuna the following year. believed eaten by cannibals in the Islanders were able to travel to 1800s. The islands are located New Caledonia to work.

Type of government Republic Capital Port Vila Head of state President Head of government Prime Minister Constitution 1980 Legislature Unicameral Parliament Voting age 18 years Land area 12 189 km² Highest point 1877 m Population 256 155 Ethnic groups Ni-Vanuatu 99% Faiths Christian 94%, indigenous beliefs including John Frum 6% Languages Bislama, English, French Currency Vatu Early European settlers were mostly from Australia until 1882, when large numbers arrived from France. By the early 20th century most Europeans in the New Hebrides were French.

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