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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Oceania Wallis and Futuna



 
Population: 15 585 habitants (est. 2002)
Neighboring countries: Island
Density: 61.12 hab./km²
Area: 255 km²
Capital: Mata Utu
Top Cities: Mata Utu
Mountain Highlight: Mont Singavi 765 m.
Language: Polynésien
Official: Français
Currency: Franc CFP
National Day: 14 juillet
Status: French overseas territory

 
 

 
Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands ( or ', Fakauvea and Fakafutuna: '), is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Rotuma of Fiji to the west, the main part of Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, the New Zealand-associated state of Tokelau to the northeast and to a more distant north the Phoenix Islands (Kiribati). Wallis and Futuna is not part of, nor even contiguous with, French Polynesia. Wallis and Futuna is located at the very opposite western end of Polynesia. Despite its official name, it is not a territory.

Its land area is 264 km2 with a population of about 15,000. Mata-Utu is the capital and biggest city. The territory is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands along with a number of tiny islets, and is split into two island groups that lie about 260 km apart, namely Wallis Islands (Uvea) in the northeast, and Hoorn Islands (also called the Futuna Islands) in the southwest, including Futuna Island proper and the mostly uninhabited Alofi Island.

Since 2003 Wallis and Futuna has been a French overseas collectivity (collectivité d'outre-mer, or COM). Between 1961 and 2003, it had the status of a French overseas territory (territoire d'outre-mer, or TOM).

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