Statistical information Tokelau 2000Tokelau

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Tokelau - Introduction 2000
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Background: 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 - Geography 2000
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Location: Oceania group of three islands in the South Pacific Ocean about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates: 9 00 S 172 00 W

Map referenceOceania

Comparative: about 17 times the size of The Mall in Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 101 km

Maritime claims

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

Terrain: low-lying coral atolls enclosing large lagoons


Natural resources: NEGL
Land use

Land use

Irrigated land: NA km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: lies in Pacific typhoon belt


Tokelau - People 2000
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Population: 1458 (July 2000 est.)
Growth rate: -0.89% (2000 est.)
Below poverty line: NA%


Ethnic groups: Polynesian

Languages: Tokelauan (a Polynesian language) English

Religions: Congregational Christian Church 70% Roman Catholic 28% other 2%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: -0.89% (2000 est.)

Birth rate: NA births/1000 population

Death rate: NA deaths/1000 population

Net migration rate: NA migrant(s)/1000 population

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: very limited natural resources and overcrowding are contributing to emigration to New Zealand

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: NA deaths/1000 live births

Life expectancy at birth

Total fertility rate: NA children born/woman

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures


School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Tokelau - Government 2000
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Country name

Government type: NA

Capital: none; each atoll has its own administrative center

Administrative divisions: none (territory of New Zealand)

Dependent areas

Independence: none (territory of New Zealand)

National holiday: Waitangi Day 6 February (1840) (Treaty of Waitangi established British sovereignty over New Zealand)

Constitution: administered under the Tokelau Islands Act of 1948 as amended in 1970

Legal system: British and local statutes

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 21 years of age; universal

Executive branch

Legislative branch: unicameral General Fono (45 seats - 15 from each of the three atolls; members chosen by each atoll's Council of Elders or Taupulega to serve three-year terms); note - the Tokelau Amendment Act of 1996 confers legislative power on the General Fono

Judicial branch: Supreme Court in New Zealand exercises civil and criminal jurisdiction

Political parties and leaders: none

International organization participation: SPC WHO (associate)

Diplomatic representation
In the us: none (territory of New Zealand)
From the us: none (territory of New Zealand)

Flag descriptionflag of Tokelau: the flag of New Zealand is used

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Tokelau - Economy 2000
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Economy overview: Tokelau's small size (three villages) isolation and lack of resources greatly restrain economic development and confine agriculture to the subsistence level. The people must rely on aid from New Zealand to maintain public services 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.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: NA%

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: coconuts copra breadfruit papayas bananas; pigs poultry goats

Industries: small-scale enterprises for copra production wood work plaited craft goods; stamps coins; fishing

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: NA
Labor force

Unemployment rate: NA%

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line: NA%

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index


Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices: NA%

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $98,000 (f.o.b. 1983)
Commodities: stamps copra handicrafts
Partners: NZ

Imports: $323,400 (c.i.f. 1983)
Commodities: foodstuffs building materials fuel
Partners: NZ

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $0

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: New Zealand dollars (NZ$) per US$1 - 1.9451 (January 2000) 1.8886 (1999) 1.8632 (1998) 1.5083 (1997) 1.4543 (1996) 1.5235 (1995)

Tokelau - Energy 2000
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Electricity access

Electricity production: NA kWh

Electricity consumption: NA kWh

Electricity exports: NA kWh

Electricity imports: NA kWh

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Tokelau - Communication 2000
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 0 (1999)

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Tokelau - Military 2000
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Tokelau - Transportation 2000
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: none; lagoon landings by amphibious aircraft from Samoa

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways



Railways: 0 km



Merchant marine: none (1999 est.)

Ports and terminals

Tokelau - Transnational issues 2000
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

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