Wallis and Futuna



Official Country Name
Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna Overview
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. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory.

Wallis and Futuna Economy
The economy is limited to traditional subsistence agriculture, with about 80% of labor force earnings from agriculture (coconuts and vegetables), livestock (mostly pigs), and fishing. About 4% of the population is employed in government. Revenues come from French Government subsidies, licensing of fishing rights to Japan and South Korea, import taxes, and remittances from expatriate workers in New Caledonia.

Wallis and Futuna Location
Wallis and Futuna is located in Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Region
Wallis and Futuna is located in Oceania

Wallis and Futuna Population
Wallis and Futuna has population of 16,025 (July 2006 est.)

Wallis and Futuna Climate
Wallis and Futuna has tropical; 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

Wallis and Futuna Terrain
volcanic origin; low hills

Wallis and Futuna Natural Resources
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Ethnic Groups in Wallis and Futuna
Wallis and Futuna has the following ethnic groups - Polynesian

Wallis and Futuna Religions
Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%

Wallis and Futuna Languages
Wallisian 58.9% (indigenous Polynesian language), Futunian 30.1%, French 10.8%, other 0.2% (2003 census)

Wallis and Futuna Capital
Wallis and Futuna capital is Mata-Utu (on Ile Uvea)

Wallis and Futuna Currency
Wallis and Futuna currency is Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc

Map of Wallis and Futuna