Tokelau



Official Country Name
Tokelau

Tokelau Overview
Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889. They were transferred to New Zealand administration in 1925.

Tokelau Economy
Tokelau's small size (three villages), isolation, and lack of resources greatly restrain economic development and confine agriculture to the subsistence level. The people rely heavily on aid from New Zealand - about $4 million annually - to maintain public services, with annual aid being substantially greater than GDP. The principal sources of revenue come from sales of copra, postage stamps, souvenir coins, and handicrafts. Money is also remitted to families from relatives in New Zealand.

Tokelau Location
Tokelau is located in Oceania, group of three atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Region
Tokelau is located in Oceania

Tokelau Population
Tokelau has population of 1,392 (July 2006 est.)

Tokelau Climate
Tokelau has tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November)

Tokelau Terrain
low-lying coral atolls enclosing large lagoons

Tokelau Natural Resources
NEGL

Ethnic Groups in Tokelau
Tokelau has the following ethnic groups - Polynesian

Tokelau Religions
Congregational Christian Church 70%, Roman Catholic 28%, other 2%

Tokelau Languages
Tokelauan (a Polynesian language), English

Tokelau Capital
Tokelau capital is none; each atoll has its own administrative center

Tokelau Currency
Tokelau currency is New Zealand dollar

Map of Tokelau