Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia, 540 kilometres (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, east of New Guinea, southeast of the Solomon Islands, and west of Fiji.
There are 82 islands with an estimated population of 275,901 people (2017)
In the 1880s, France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the archipelago, and in 1906 they agreed on a framework for jointly managing the archipelago as the New Hebrides through a British–French Condominium. An independence movement arose in the 1970s, and the Republic of Vanuatu was founded in 1980.
There are three official languages spoken in Vanuatu:
The islands also have many local dialects.
Generic country information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures. For a generic country overview, please consult the following sources:
Vanuatu Wikipedia Country Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanuatu#Geography
Vanuatu IMF Country Information http://www.imf.org/external/country/VUT/
Vanuatu Economist Intelligence Unit Information* http://country.eiu.com/Vanuatu
Vanuatu UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Information http://www.unocha.org/pacific/country-profiles/vanuatu
Vanuatu Wolfram Alpha Information http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=Vanuatu
Vanuatu World Bank Information http://data.worldbank.org/country/vanuatu
Vanuatu Population Information http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/vanuatu-population/