10 Interesting Facts about Vanuatu

If you love to travel around the world, then you should have read one of these following facts about Vanuatu to give you a recommendation of a place you should visit first.  Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometers (1,900 mi) east of northern Australia, 500 kilometers (310) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and southeast of Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. For further information, to get to know more about Vanuatu, here are some facts about Vanuatu you may have to read if you like to travel.

Facts about Vanuatu 1: Geography

Many upland watersheds are being deforested and degraded, and fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce. Proper waste disposal, as well as water and air pollution, are becoming troublesome issues around urban areas and large villages

Facts about Vanuatu 2: Flora and Fauna

Despite its tropical forests, Vanuatu has a limited number of plant and animal species. There are no indigenous large mammals. The nineteen species of native reptiles include the flowerpot snake, found only on Efate. The Fiji Banded Iguana was introduced as a feral animal in the 1960s. There are eleven species of bats and sixty-one species of land and water birds.

Facts about Vanuatu - Commercial agriculture

Facts about Vanuatu – Commercial agriculture

Facts about Vanuatu 3: Climate

The climate is tropical, with approximately nine months of warm to hot rainy weather and the possibility of cyclones and three to four months of cooler, drier weather characterized by winds from the southeast.

Facts about Vanuatu 4: Earthquake

Vanuatu has relatively frequent earthquakes. Seven earthquakes were recorded in 2011, all of which were at least a 6.0 magnitude.

Facts about Vanuatu - Market hall in Port Vila

Facts about Vanuatu – Market hall in Port Vila

Facts about Vanuatu 5: Politics

The Republic of Vanuatu is a parliamentary democracy with a written constitution, which declares that the “head of the Republic shall be known as the President and shall symbolize the unity of the nation”.

Facts about Vanuatu 6: Parliament of Vanuatu

The Parliament of Vanuatu is unicameral and has 54 members, who are elected by popular vote every four years unless earlier dissolved by a majority vote of a three-quarters quorum or by a directive from the President on the advice of the Prime Minister. The national Council of Chiefs, called the Malvatu Mauri and elected by district councils of chiefs, advises the government on all matters concerning ni-Vanuatu culture and language.

Facts about Vanuatu - Parliament of Vanuatu

Facts about Vanuatu – Parliament of Vanuatu

Facts about Vanuatu 7: Economy

The four mainstays of the economy are agriculture, tourism, offshore financial services and raising cattle. There is substantial fishing activity, although this industry does not bring in much foreign exchange. Exports include copra, kava, beef, cocoa and timber and imports include machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, and fuels. In contrast, mining activity is unsubstantial.

Facts about Vanuatu 8: Culture

Vanuatu culture retains a strong diversity through local regional variations and through foreign influence. Vanuatu may be divided into three major cultural regions. In the north, wealth is established by how much one can give away. Pigs, particularly those with rounded tusks, are considered a symbol of wealth throughout Vanuatu.

Facts about Vanuatu - Women playing traditional instruments

Facts about Vanuatu – Women playing traditional instruments

Facts about Vanuatu 9: Music

Vanuatu culture retains a strong diversity through local regional variations and through foreign influence. Vanuatu may be divided into three major cultural regions. In the north, wealth is established by how much one can give away. Pigs, particularly those with rounded tusks, are considered a symbol of wealth throughout Vanuatu.

Facts about Vanuatu 10: Cuisine

The cuisine of Vanuatu incorporates fish, root vegetables such as taro and yams, fruits and vegetables. Most island families grow food in their gardens, and food shortages are rare. Papayas, pineapples, mangoes, plantains and sweet potatoes are abundant are abundant through much of the year.

Facts about Vanuatu - Wooden slit drums

Facts about Vanuatu – Wooden slit drums

Those facts about Vanuatu might make you want to visit the country. With all history and things, this country is really beautiful and interesting to visit. Hope you found these Vanuatu facts really interesting and joyful to read.

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