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Niue


    • Affiliation:
      (free association with New Zealand)

    • Location:
      Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Tonga

    • Map references:
      Oceania

    • Area:

        total area:
        260 sq km

        land area:
        260 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      64 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; modified by southeast trade winds

    • Terrain:
      steep limestone cliffs along coast, central plateau

    • Natural resources:
      fish, arable land

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        61%

        permanent crops:
        4%

        meadows and pastures:
        4%

        forest and woodland:
        19%

        other:
        12%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        traditional methods of burning brush and trees to clear land for agriculture have threatened soil supplies which naturally are not very abundant

        natural hazards:
        typhoons

        international agreements:
        signed, but not ratified - Law of the Sea

    • Note:
      one of world's largest coral islands






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