A few words about Vanuatu

Vanuatu is a paradise in the South Pacific Ocean between Australia and Fiji. The Y-shaped archipelago consists of 84 islands of variable sizes.

The total population of Vanuatu is just over 285,000 inhabitants and the official language are Bislama, English and French.

 

Formerly known as the New Hebrides a name given by the Captain Cook in 1774, the island-nation changed its name for Vanuatu in 1980 when it gained its independence from the United Kingdom and France.

The new name was name comes from vanua for home or land, and the tu for stand. It represents its independent status.

 

The capital city Port Vila is located in the south of Efate island and the Bauerfield International Airport is situated 10 minutes away from the city centre.

 

Vanuatu uses the GTM+11:00 time zone and its main economic industries are agriculture, tourism and offshore financial services. Its main exported natural resources are the beef, the cocoa, the copra, the kava and the timber.

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