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Wallis and Futuna


    • Affiliation:
      (overseas territory of France)

    • Location:
      Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

    • Map references:
      Oceania

    • Area:

        total area:
        274 sq km

        land area:
        274 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly larger than Washington, DC

        note:
        includes Ile Uvea (Wallis Island), Ile Futuna (Futuna Island), Ile Alofi, and 20 islets

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      129 km

    • Maritime claims:

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October)

    • Terrain:
      volcanic origin; low hills

    • Natural resources:
      negligible

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        5%

        permanent crops:
        20%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        75%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • 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

        natural hazards:
        NA

        international agreements:
        NA

    • Note:
      both island groups have fringing reefs






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