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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Vanuatu

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Multiple waves of colonizers, each speaking a distinct language, migrated to the New Hebrides in the millennia preceding European exploration in the 18th century. This settlement pattern accounts for the complex linguistic diversity found on the archipelago to this day. The British and French, who settled the New Hebrides in the 19th century, agreed in 1906 to an Anglo-French Condominium, which administered the islands until independence in 1980, when the new name of Vanuatu was adopted. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

This south pacific island economy is based primarily on small-scale agriculture, which provides a living for 65% of the population. fishing, offshore financial services, and tourism, with more than 60,000 visitors in 2005, are other mainstays of the economy. mineral deposits are negligible; the country has no known petroleum deposits. a small light industry sector caters to the local market. tax revenues come mainly from import duties. economic development is hindered by dependence on relatively few commodity exports, vulnerability to natural disasters, and long distances from main markets and between constituent islands. in response to foreign concerns, the government has promised to tighten regulation of its offshore financial center. in mid-2002 the government stepped up efforts to boost tourism through improved air connections, resort development, and cruise ship facilities. agriculture, especially livestock farming, is a second target for growth. australia and new zealand are the main suppliers of tourists and foreign aid.

Environmental Issues

Most of the population does not have access to a reliable supply of potable water; deforestation

Government Type

Parliamentary republic


215,446 (july 2008 est.)


Oceania, group of islands in the south pacific ocean, about three-quarters of the way from hawaii to australia


Total: 12,200 sq km land: 12,200 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes more than 80 islands, about 65 of which are inhabited

Slightly larger than connecticut

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of vanuatu conventional short form: vanuatu local long form: ripablik blong vanuatu local short form: vanuatu former: new hebrides


Name: port-vila (on efate) geographic coordinates: 17 44 s, 168 19 e time difference: utc+11 (16 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes

Matthew and hunter islands east of new caledonia claimed by vanuatu and france

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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