Continent – Oceania

Region –South Pacific

Size – 12,189 km2

Geography – Comprises of about 82 small, steep, volcanic islands

Language – Bislama, French, English

Religion – Christianity is the principal religion, around one-third of the population follows The Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, 15% Roman Catholic, 15% Anglican, others include Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Christ, Neil Thomas Ministries (NTM), Jehovah’s Witnesses

Monetary Unit – Vanuatu vatu (VUV)

Natural Resources – Manganese, hardwood forests, fish

Agriculture – Coconut oil, kava, copra, beef

Industry – Copra production, sawmilling, beef processing, tourism, financial services

Neighboring Countries – None (island nation)

Population – 243,304 (2009 census)

Population Growth Rate – 2.2%

Capital City – Port Vila (population 44,039)

Highest Mountain – Highest point: Mount Tabwemasana (1,879 m) on the island of Espiritu Santo

Yearly Rainfall – 2300 to 4000 mm

Plant Life – Polynesian chestnut tree, merbau tree, fabaceae, wonga wonga vine

Animal Life – Green lizard, Pacific boa snake, Gecko, Black-bordered Emo Skink, Medway’s Emo Skink, fruit bat

Bird Life – 136 species including anna fruit-dove, Vanuatu Honeyeater, royal parrotfinch, santo mountain starling,

Aquatic Life – Yellow-fin tuna, sword-fish, marlins, sharks, baracuda, dolphins, dugongs

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