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Wallis and Futuna Country Guide

Explore Wallis and Futuna in Oceania

Wallis and Futuna with the capital city Mata-Utu is located in Oceania (Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean). It covers some 275 square kilometres (1.5 times the size of Washington, DC) with 16,025 citizens.

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The terrain features volcanic origin having low hills. The average density of population is approximately 58 per km². The notable climate conditions in Wallis and Futuna can be described as tropical with hot, rainy season (November to April), cool, dry season (May to October), rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity), average temperature 26.6 degrees C. Potential natural disasters are NA.

To reach someone in Wallis and Futuna dial +681 prior to a number. There are 3,000 installed telephones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of n, a Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".wf". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 220V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Wallis and Futuna

Unofficial, local flag has a red field with four white isosceles triangles in the middle, representing the three native kings of the islands and the French administrator; the apexes of the triangles are oriented inward and at right angles to each other; the flag of France, outlined in white on two sides, is in the upper hoist quadrant
note: the design is derived from an original red banner with a white cross pattee that was introduced in the 19th century by French missionaries; the flag of France is used for official occasions.

The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Oceania
Capital: Mata-Utu
Size 274 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 106 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Population 16,025
Currency Name: Franc, Currency Code: XPF
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .wf
Telephone Country Prefix +681
Mobile Phone Connections 0
Landline Phone Connections 3,000

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 142 (sq km) 221

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 15,507 223
Population growth rate 0.35 (%) 160
Birth rate 13.74 (births/1,000 population) 145
Death rate 4.84 (deaths/1,000 population) 192
Net migration rate -5.42 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 193
Infant mortality rate 4.55 (deaths/1,000 live births) 187
Life expectancy at birth 79.27 (years) 44
Total fertility rate 1.77 (children born/woman) 163

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 60,000,000 224
GDP - per capita (PPP) 3,800 169
Labor force 3,104 226
Unemployment rate 12.20 (%) 128
Public debt 5.60 (% of GDP) 147
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 2.80 (%) 72
Exports 47,450 222
Imports 61,170,000 217
Debt - external 3,670,000 199

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Internet hosts 2,760 157
Internet users 1,300 212

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Airports 2 203

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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