Statistical information Wallis and Futuna 2001Wallis%20and%20Futuna

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Wallis and Futuna in the World


Wallis and Futuna - Introduction 2001
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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 2001
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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

Total: 274 km²
Land: 274 km²
Water: 0 km²
Note: includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi, and 20 islets
Comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 129 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
Territorial sea: 12 NM

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

Extremes lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
Extremes highest point: Mont Singavi 765 m

Natural resources: NEGL
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 5%
Permanent crops: 20%
Permanent pastures: 0%
Forests and woodland: 0%
Other: 75% (1993 est.)

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 2001
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Population: 15,435 (July 2001 est.)
Growth rate: NA%
Below poverty line: NA%

Noun: Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islanders
Adjective: Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander

Ethnic groups: Polynesian

Languages: French Wallisian (indigenous Polynesian language)

Religions: Roman Catholic 100%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure
0-14 years: NA%
15-64 years: NA%
65 years and over: NA%

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 population: NA years
Male: NA years
Female: NA years

Total fertility rate: NA children born/woman

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access

Adult prevalence rate: NA%
People living with hivaids: NA
Deaths: NA

Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 50%
Male: 50%
Female: 50% (1969 est.)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Wallis and Futuna - Government 2001
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Country name
Conventional long form: Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
Conventional short form: Wallis and Futuna
Local long form: Territoire des Iles Wallis et Futuna
Local short form: Wallis et Futuna

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 Alo Sigave Wallis

Dependent areas

Independence: none (overseas territory of France)

National holiday: Bastille Day 14 July (1789)

Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

Legal system: French legal system

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Administrator Christian DORS (since NA)
Head of government: President of the Territorial Assembly Soane UHILA (since NA)
Cabinet: Council of the Territory consists of three kings and three members appointed by the high administrator on the advice of the Territorial Assembly
Note: there are three traditional kings with limited powers
Elections: French president elected by popular vote for a seven-year term; high administrator appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of the Interior; the presidents of the Territorial Government and the Territorial Assembly are elected by the members of the assembly

Legislative branch
Elections: last held 16 March 1997 (next to be held NA March 2002)
Election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - RPR 14, other 6
Note: Wallis and Futuna elects one senator to the French Senate and one deputy to the French National Assembly; French Senate - elections last held 27 September 1998 (next to be held by NA September 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats - RPR 1; French National Assembly - elections last held 25 May-1 June 1997 (next to be held by NA March 2002); results - percent of vote by party - NA; seats - RPR 1

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 [Clovis LOGOLOGOFOLAU]; Taumu'a Lelei [Soane Muni UHILA]; Union Populaire Locale or UPL [Falakiko GATA]; 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 2001
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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: NA%
Industry: NA%
Services: NA%

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
Lowest 10: NA%
Highest 10: NA%

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: $20 million
Expenditures: $17 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1998 est.)

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: $250,000 (f.o.b. 1999)
Commodities: copra chemicals construction materials
Partners: Italy 40% Croatia 15% US 14% Denmark 13%

Imports: $300,000 (f.o.b. 1999)
Commodities: chemicals machinery passenger ships consumer goods
Partners: France 97% Australia 2% New Zealand 1%

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $NA

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF) per US dollar - 1127.11 (January 2001) 129.43 (2000) 111.93 (1999) 107.25 (1998) 106.11 (1997) 93.00 (1996); note - linked at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the euro

Wallis and Futuna - Energy 2001
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Electricity access

Electricity production: NA kWh
By source fossil fuel: NA%
By source hydro: NA%
By source nuclear: NA%
By source other: NA%

Electricity consumption: NA kWh

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

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 2001
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 0 (1994)

Telephone system
General assessment: NA
Domestic: NA
International: NA

Broadcast media

Internet country code: .wf

Internet users: NA

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Wallis and Futuna - Military 2001
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Wallis and Futuna - Transportation 2001
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 2 (2000 est.)
With paved runways total: 1
With paved runways 15-24 to 2437 m: 1 (2000 est.)
With unpaved runways total: 1
With unpaved runways 914 to 1523 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with paved runways
Total: 1
15-24 to 2437 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with unpaved runways
Total: 1
914 to 1523 m: 1 (2000 est.)



Railways: 0 km


Waterways: none

Merchant marine
Total: 4 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 48,853 GRT/43,128 DWT
Ships by type: passenger 3, petroleum tanker 1
Note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: France 1 (2000 est.)

Ports and terminals

Wallis and Futuna - Transnational issues 2001
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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