Vanuatu is located 5,750 kilometres southwest of Honolulu in the South Pacific Ocean,
about three-quarters of the way between Hawaii and Australia.
169,776 (July, 1994 estimate)
English (official), French (official), pidgin (known as Bislama or Bichelama)
The government of Vanuatu is a republic.
Vanuatu's legal system is a unified system being created from the former French and
There is one Pacific Ocean INTELSAT ground station.
The economy is based primarily on subsistence farming which provides a living for
about 80% of the population. Fishing and tourism are the other mainstays of the
economy. Mineral deposits are negligible. The country has no known petroleum
deposits. A small light industry sector caters to the local market. Tax revenues come
mainly from import duties.
The main industries in Vanuatu are food and fish freezing, wood processing and meat
1 vatu (VT) = 100 centimes
vatu (VT) per US$1 - 123.48 (September, 1993)
Republic Of Vanuatu
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