Statistical information Wallis and Futuna 2000Wallis%20and%20Futuna

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Wallis and Futuna in the World
Wallis and Futuna in the World

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Wallis and Futuna - Introduction 2000
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Background: Although discovered by the Dutch and the British in the 17th and 18th centuries 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 - Geography 2000
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Location: Oceania islands in the South Pacific Ocean about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates: 13 18 S 176 12 W

Map referenceOceania

Comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 129 km

Maritime claims

Climate: 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

Terrain: volcanic origin; low hills


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: NA

Note: both island groups have fringing reefs

Wallis and Futuna - People 2000
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Population: 15,283 (July 2000 est.)
Growth rate: NA%
Below poverty line: NA%


Ethnic groups: Polynesian

Languages: French Wallisian (indigenous Polynesian language)

Religions: Roman Catholic 100%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: NA%

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: deforestation (only small portions of the original forests remain) largely as a result of the continued use of wood as the main fuel source; as a consequence of cutting down the forests the mountainous terrain of Futuna is particularly prone to erosion; there are no permanent settlements on Alofi because of the lack of natural fresh water resources

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

Wallis and Futuna - Government 2000
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Country name

Government type: NA

Capital: Mata-Utu (on Ile Uvea)

Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government but there are three kingdoms named Wallis Sigave Alo

Dependent areas

Independence: none (overseas territory of France)

National holiday

Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

Legal system: French legal system

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch

Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale (20 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

Judicial branch: none; justice generally administered under French law by the high administrator but the three traditional kings administer customary law and there is a magistrate in Mata-Utu

Political parties and leaders: Lua Kae Tahi (Giscardians) [leader NA]; Mouvement des Radicaux de Gauche or MRG [leader NA]; Rally for the Republic or RPR [leader NA]; Taumu'a Lelei [leader NA]; Union Populaire Locale or UPL [leader NA]; Union Pour la Democratie Francaise or UDF [leader NA]

International organization participation: FZ SPC

Diplomatic representation
In the us: none (overseas territory of France)
From the us: none (overseas territory of France)

Flag descriptionflag of Wallis%20and%20Futuna: a large white modified Maltese cross centered on a red background; the flag of France outlined in white on two sides is in the upper hoist quadrant; the flag of France is used for official occasions

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Wallis and Futuna - Economy 2000
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Economy overview: The economy is limited to traditional subsistence agriculture with about 80% of the labor force earning its livelihood 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.

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: breadfruit yams taro bananas; pigs goats

Industries: copra handicrafts fishing lumber

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: NA
By occupation: agriculture livestock and fishing 80% government 4% (est.)
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: calendar year

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: $370,000 (f.o.b. 1995 est.)
Commodities: copra breadfruit yams taro roots handicrafts
Partners: NA

Imports: $13.5 million (c.i.f. 1995 est.)
Commodities: foodstuffs manufactured goods transportation equipment fuel clothing
Partners: France Australia New Zealand

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $N/A

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (CFPF) per US$1 - 117.67 (January 2000) 111.93 (1999) 107.25 (1998) 106.11 (1997) 93.00 (1996) 90.75 (1995); note - linked at the rate of 18.18 to the French franc

Wallis and Futuna - 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

Wallis and Futuna - Communication 2000
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 0 (1994)

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Wallis and Futuna - Military 2000
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Wallis and Futuna - Transportation 2000
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2 (1999 est.)

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways



Railways: 0 km


Waterways: none

Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

Wallis and Futuna - Transnational issues 2000
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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