Wallis and Futuna
in Polynesia
Oceania

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Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Franc - XPF
Spoken languages:
French
Local electricity:
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
900 MHz
ISO 2-Letter code:
WF
Internet top level domain:
.wf
Country phone prefix:
+681
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours

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Wallis and Futuna with its capital Mata-Utu is located in Oceania (Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean). It covers some 143 square kilometers (1.5 times the size of Washington, DC) with 15,714 citizens. French is the official language used in Wallis and Futuna. Thiscountry has no land-based border with any other country.

Wallis and Futuna is an overseas community of France consisting of two small island groupings in Polynesia, near Fiji and Samoa. The islands are volcanic in origin, with low hills, and fringing reefs. The highest point is Mont Singavi, at 765 m. The climate is 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.

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About the country

The topography is volcanic origin with low hills. The average density of population is about 111 per km². The climate in Wallis and Futuna can be described as tropicalhot, rainy season (November to April), cool, dry season (May to October), rains 250-300 cm per year (80% humidity), average temperature 26.6 degrees Celsius. Potential natural disasters are cyclones tsunamis

To reach someone Wallis and Futuna dial +681 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on 900 MHz. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".wf". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local . The sign for the locally used currency Franc is XPF.

Unofficial, local flag has a red field with four white isosceles triangles in the middle, representing the three native kings of the islands and the French administrator; the apexes of the triangles are oriented inward and at right angles to each other; the flag of France, outlined in white on two sides, is in the upper hoist quadrant.

Flag of Wallis and Futuna

The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 218) 142sq km
Land (World Rank: 215) 142sq km
Comparative 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Note includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi, and 20 islets
Coastline
129
Elevation
Highest point (World Rank: 191) 522m
Agricultural land
Total (World Rank: 97) 42.80%
Arable (World Rank: 135) 7.10%
Permanent crops (World Rank: 5) 35.70%
Map reference
Oceania
Environment
Issues
  • - as a consequence of cutting down the forests
  • - deforestation (only small portions of the original forests remain) largely as a result of the continued use of wood as the main fuel source
  • - the mountainous terrain of Futuna is particularly prone to erosion
  • - there are no permanent settlements on Alofi because of the lack of natural freshwater resources
Hazzards
  • - cyclones
  • - tsunamis
Location
Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Climate
tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 250-300 cm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees Celsius
Terrain
volcanic origin; low hills

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 218) 15,714
Deathrate (World Rank: 177) 0.54%
Birthrate (World Rank: 145) 1.32%
Growthrate (World Rank: 169) 0.30%
Migration rate (World Rank: 153) -0.47%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 163) 1.73%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 104) 30.60
Female (World Rank: 97) 32.80
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 217) 1,789
0 14 female (World Rank: 218) 1,641
15 24 male (World Rank: 217) 1,358
15 24 female (World Rank: 217) 1,203
25 54 male (World Rank: 218) 3,336
25 54 female (World Rank: 218) 3,276
55 64 male (World Rank: 217) 744
55 64 female (World Rank: 218) 794
65 x male (World Rank: 216) 752
65 x female (World Rank: 217) 821
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 179) 0.44%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 44) 80years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 43) 83years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 49) 77years
Physicians per 1000 (World Rank: 110) 1.10
Sanitation access total (World Rank: 66) 96.00%

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 222) 60,000,000USD
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 176) 3,800USD
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 222) 3,104
Products
Industries
  • - copra
  • - fishing
  • - handicrafts
  • - lumber
Agriculture
  • - bananas
  • - breadfruit
  • - coconuts
  • - fish
  • - goats
  • - pigs
  • - taro
  • - yams
Exports
  • - chemicals
  • - construction materials
  • - copra
Imports
  • - chemicals
  • - consumer goods
  • - machinery

Communication

Phone
Landline total (World Rank: 204) 3,132
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 87) 20.00
Internet
Users (World Rank: 215) 3,450
Population (World Rank: 182) 22.10%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 192) 2.00

Nation

National symbol
red saltire on a white square on a red field
National colours
white
Adjective
Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander
Noun
Wallisian(s), Futunan(s), or Wallis and Futuna Islanders
Background
The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.
Flag description
unofficial, local flag has a red field with four white isosceles triangles in the middle, representing the three native kings of the islands and the French administrator; the apexes of the triangles are oriented inward and at right angles to each other; the flag of France, outlined in white on two sides, is in the upper hoist quadrant