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 for Wallis and Futuna
From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Wallis and Futuna
  
     Introduction Wallis and Futuna
     ------------------------------
                              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.
    
     Geography Wallis and Futuna
     ---------------------------
                                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 references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 274 sq km
                                          note: includes Ile Uvea (Wallis
                                          Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island),
                                          Ile Alofi, and 20 islets
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 274 sq km
                      Area - 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
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Mont Singavi 765 m
                       Natural resources: NEGL
                                Land use: arable land: 5%
                                          permanent crops: 20%
                                          other: 75% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: NA
            Environment - 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
                        Geography - note: both island groups have fringing
                                          reefs
    
     People Wallis and Futuna
     ------------------------
                              Population: 15,585 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: NA%
                                          15-64 years: NA%
                                          65 years and over: NA%
                  Population growth rate: NA (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: NA births/1,000 population
                              Death rate: NA deaths/1,000 population
                      Net migration rate: NA migrant(s)/1,000 population
                   Infant mortality rate: NA deaths/1,000 live births
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: NA years
                                          male: NA years
                                          female: NA years
                    Total fertility rate: NA children born/woman
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                                    AIDS:
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: Wallisian(s), Futunan(s), or
                                          Wallis and Futuna Islanders
                                          adjective: Wallisian, Futunan, or
                                          Wallis and Futuna Islander
                           Ethnic groups: Polynesian
                               Religions: Roman Catholic 100%
                               Languages: French, Wallisian (indigenous
                                          Polynesian language)
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 50%
                                          male: 50%
                                          female: 50% (1969 est.)
    
     Government Wallis and Futuna
     ----------------------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: Territory of
                                          the Wallis and Futuna Islands
                                          conventional short form: Wallis and
                                          Futuna
                                          local short form: Wallis et Futuna
                                          local long form: Territoire des Iles
                                          Wallis et Futuna
                       Dependency status: overseas territory of France
                         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 at the second order
                                          named Alo, Sigave, Wallis
                            Independence: none (overseas territory of France)
                        National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
                            Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French
                                          Constitution)
                            Legal system: French legal system
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President Jacques
                                          CHIRAC of France (since 17 May
                                          1995), represented by High
                                          Administrator Alain WAQUET (since 12
                                          July 2000)
                                          elections: French president elected
                                          by popular vote for a five-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
                                          note: there are three traditional
                                          kings with limited powers
                                          head of government: President of the
                                          Territorial Assembly Patalione
                                          KANIMOA (since NA January 2001)
                                          cabinet: Council of the Territory
                                          consists of three kings and three
                                          members appointed by the high
                                          administrator on the advice of the
                                          Territorial Assembly
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly or
                                          Assemblee Territoriale (20 seats;
                                          members are elected by popular vote
                                          to serve five-year terms)
                                          elections: last held 16 March 1997
                                          (next to be held NA May-NA June
                                          2002)
                                          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 2002); results - percent of vote
                                          by party - NA%; seats - RPR 1
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party - RPR
                                          14, other 6
                         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]
            Political pressure groups and NA
                                 leaders:
               International organization FZ, SPC
                           participation:
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas territory of France)
                                      US:
                        Flag description: 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
    
     Economy Wallis and Futuna
     -------------------------
                      Economy - overview: The economy is limited to
                                          traditional subsistence agriculture,
                                          with about 80% labor force earnings
                                          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.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $30
                                          million (1997 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: NA%
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $2,000
                                          (1997 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: NA%
                                          industry: NA%
                                          services: NA%
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): NA%
                             Labor force: NA
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture, livestock, and fishing
                                          80%, government 4% (2001 est.)
                       Unemployment rate: NA%
                                  Budget: revenues: $20 million
                                          expenditures: $17 million, including
                                          capital expenditures of $NA (1998
                                          est.)
                              Industries: copra, handicrafts, fishing, lumber
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: NA kWh
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: NA%
                                          hydro: NA%
                                          other: NA%
                                          nuclear: NA%
               Electricity - consumption: NA kWh
                  Agriculture - products: breadfruit, yams, taro, bananas;
                                          pigs, goats
                                 Exports: $250,000 (f.o.b., 1999)
                   Exports - commodities: copra, chemicals, construction
                                          materials
                      Exports - partners: Italy 40%, Croatia 15%, US 14%,
                                          Denmark 13%
                                 Imports: $300,000 (f.o.b., 1999)
                   Imports - commodities: chemicals, machinery, passenger
                                          ships, consumer goods
                      Imports - partners: France 97%, Australia 2%, New
                                          Zealand 1%
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: assistance from France
                                Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique
                                          franc (XPF)
                           Currency code: XPF
                          Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique
                                          francs (XPF) per US dollar - 135.04
                                          (January 2002), 133.26 (2001),
                                          129.43 (2000), 111.93 (1999), 107.25
                                          (1998), 106.11 (1997); note - linked
                                          at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the
                                          euro
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
    
     Communications Wallis and Futuna
     --------------------------------
                Telephones - main lines in use: 1,125 (1994)
                  Telephones - mobile cellular: 0 (1994)
                              Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                                domestic: NA
                                                international: NA
                      Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 0, shortwave 0 (2000)
                                        Radios: NA
                 Television broadcast stations: 2 (2000)
                                   Televisions: NA
                         Internet country code: .wf
             Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1 (2000)
                                Internet users: NA
    
     Transportation Wallis and Futuna
     --------------------------------
                                Railways: 0 km
                                Highways: total: 120 km (Ile Uvea 100 km, Ile
                                          Futuna 20 km)
                                          paved: 16 km (all on Ile Uvea)
                                          unpaved: 104 km (Ile Uvea 84 km, Ile
                                          Futuna 20 km)
                               Waterways: none
                       Ports and harbors: Leava, Mata-Utu
                         Merchant marine: total: 4 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 71,868 GRT/7,422 DWT
                                          ships by type: passenger 4
                                          note: includes some foreign-owned
                                          ships registered here as a flag of
                                          convenience: France 3, United States
                                          1 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 2 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 1
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2001)
         Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 1
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2001)
    
     Military Wallis and Futuna
     --------------------------
                            Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
                                             France
    
     Transnational Issues Wallis and Futuna
     --------------------------------------
                                                Disputes - international: none
    
                                         
  
  

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