COUNTRY IN FOCUS: VANUATU

COUNTRY IN FOCUS: VANUATU

FACTS AND FIGURES

Basic Facts
Official name Republic of Vanuatu
 
Capital Port-Vila
 
Area 12,190 sq km
  4,707 sq mi
 
 
 
People
Population 215,053 (2008 estimate)
 
Population growth
Population growth rate 1.43 percent (2008 estimate)
 
 
Projected population in 2025 263,267 (2025 estimate)
 
 
Projected population in 2050 310,486 (2050 estimate)
 
 
 
Population density 18 persons per sq km (2008 estimate)
  46 persons per sq mi (2008 estimate)
 
 
 
Urban/rural distribution
Share urban 24 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
Share rural 77 percent (2005 estimate)
 
 
 
Largest cities, with population
Port-Vila 34,000 (2003 estimate)
 
 
Luganville 10,000 (1996 estimate)
 
 
 
Ethnic groups
ni-Vanuatu (Melanesian) 94 percent
 
 
European 4 percent
 
 
Vietnamese, Chinese, Pacific Islander 2 percent
 
 
 
Languages
English (official), French (official), Bislama (official), indigenous dialects
 
 
Religious affiliations
Protestant 54 percent
 
 
Anglican 18 percent
 
 
Roman Catholic 15 percent
 
 
Indigenous beliefs 4 percent
 
 
Baha’i 3 percent
 
 
Other 6 percent
 
 
 
Health and Education
Life expectancy
Total 63.6 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
Female 65.2 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
Male 62 years (2008 estimate)
 
 
 
Infant mortality rate 51 deaths per 1,000 live births (2008 estimate)
 
Population per physician 9,091 people (2004)
 
Population per hospital bed 323 people (2001)
 
Literacy rate
Total 52.9 percent (1995)
 
 
Female 47.8 percent (1995)
 
 
Male 57.3 percent (1995)
 
 
 
Education expenditure as a share of gross national product (GNP) 6.4 percent (2002-2003)
 
Number of years of compulsory schooling 7 years (2000)
 
Number of students per teacher, primary school 23 students per teacher (2002-2003)
 
Government
Form of government Republic
 
Voting qualifications Universal at age 18
 
Constitution 30 July 1980
 
Armed forces
Total number of military personnel Not available
 
 
Military expenditures as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) Not available
 
 
 
Economy
Gross domestic product (GDP, in U.S.$) $388 million (2006)
 
GDP per capita (U.S.$) $1,755.20 (2006)
 
GDP by economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing 15.6 percent (2006)
 
 
Industry 9.2 percent (2006)
 
 
Services 81.7 percent (2006)
 
 
 
Employment
Number of workers 112,553 (2006)
 
 
 
Workforce share of economic sector
Agriculture, forestry, fishing Not available
 
 
Industry Not available
 
 
Services Not available
 
 
Unemployment rate Not available
 
 
 
National budget (U.S.$)
Total revenue $53.34 million (1999)
 
 
Total expenditure $52.07 million (1999)
 
 
 
Monetary unit 1 vatu (VT), consisting of 100 centimes
 
Major trade partners for exports
India, Greece, Japan, Thailand, and Australia
 
 
Major trade partners for imports
Japan, Australia, Singapore, Germany, and New Zealand

 

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