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World Factbook (1982) Wallis and Futuna.jpg
(See reference map X)


About 207 km2


Limits of territorial waters: 12 nm (fishing 200 nm; exclusive economic zone 200 nm)

Coastline: about 129 km


Population: 11,000 (July 1982) average annual growth rate 3.0%

Nationality: noun—Wallisian(s), Futunan(s), or Wallis and Futuna Islanders; adjective—Wallisian, Futunan, or Wallis and Futuna Islander

Ethnic divisions: almost entirely Polynesian

Religion: largely Roman Catholic


Official name: Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands

Type: overseas territory of France

Capital: Matu Utu

Political subdivisions: 3 districts

Branches: territorial assembly of 20 members; popular election of one deputy to National Assembly in Paris and one senator

Government leaders: Superior Administrator Pierre ISSAC; President of Territorial Assembly Robert THIL

Suffrage: universal adult

Elections: every five years


Agriculture: dominated by coconut production with subsistence crops of yams, taro, bananas

Electric power: 1,000 kW capacity (1981); 1 million kWh produced (1981), 133 kWh per capita

Exports: negligible

Imports: $3.4 million (1977); largely foodstuffs and some equipment associated with development programs

Aid: (1978) France, European Development Fund, $2.6 million

Monetary conversion rate: 75 Colonial Franc Pacifique (CFP)=US$1


Highways: 100 km of improved road on Uvea Island (1977)

Ports: 2 minor

Airfields: 2 total, 2 usable; 1 with permanent-surface runways, 1 with runways 1,220-2,439 m

Telecommunications: 148 telephones (1.6 per 100 popl.)


No formal defense structure; no regular armed forces